The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will launch a direct application process for its PreCheck expedited screening program later in 2013.
Currently, travelers are either invited for PreCheck through membership in partner airlines’ frequent flier programs, or have to be a member of one of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.
Beginning from later this year, US citizens will be able to apply online for PreCheck and provide identification and fingerprints through a website. TSA will initially launch the program at 2 enrollment sites – Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport. More enrollment sites will be added in the future.
The PreCheck application program will require a background check, fingerprints and an expected enrollment fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Approved travelers will be allotted a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and be eligible to go through TSA PreCheck security screening lanes at participating airports.
TSA PreCheck is currently available at 40 US airports and direct application is expected to dramatically increase the number of qualified travelers for the program.