TSA is rolling out their “pre” program this fall at Dulles IAD and Indianapolis IND Airports. The pre check allows frequent flyers to board somewhat more easily than “regular” flyers. However the enrollment fee of $85 and fingerprinting hassles mean that for most flyers this may not be worth the trouble and cost. Obviously frequent travelers may find this worthwhile however, and the $85 is over 5 years and therefore represents a very small annualized cost.
It’ll be hard to tell the time savings until details are finalized because the number of dedicated screening lines for “pre” passengers may determine how much time this process will save. Time is money, so the $85 fee will be well worth it to frequent business travelers if they can save many hours in waiting over the course of their enrollment.
Here’s more about the “Pre” Precheck program from the TSA Website:
TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
TSA Pre✓™ Application Process
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is announcing plans to implement a TSA Pre✓™ application process. The TSA Pre✓™ fee-based application process will allow U.S. citizens the opportunity to apply for expedited screening without a passport.
When available, the application will be a two-step process:
Fill out an online application.
Verify identity and provide fingerprints at a TSA Pre✓™ enrollment center.
Applicants may pay the anticipated $85 enrollment fee online, or at an enrollment center. There is a five-year term of eligibility, after which members will need to re-apply. TSA expects the vetting process to take approximately 2-3 weeks. A U.S. passport is not required to enroll. The first two enrollment locations, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Indianapolis International Airport (IND), will open in fall 2013 with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.