TSA PreCheck: Navigating the fast lane
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has continued to expand its TSA PreCheck program, adding application centers, and opening up new security lanes at more airports. And now, even some travelers who aren’t currently PreCheck members are being selected to go through the PreCheck lanes. So, if you’re lucky enough to be selected for expedited screening, and you’ve never navigated a PreCheck lane before, here are a few tips:
- Check your boarding pass. Many participating airlines will now include a TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass if you’ve been selected to receive expedited screening. Check out the TSA examples of where to look for the indicator.
- Have ID ready. Everyone still needs to present an acceptable form of identification at the checkpoint, so have your ID ready.
- Keep it on. In the PreCheck lanes, you don’t have to remove your belt, shoes, or light jacket. So no need to start shedding these items as you approach the checkpoint – just keep them on. You do still need to remove metal from your pockets, however.
- Leave it in the bag. If you’re traveling with a laptop computer, you can leave it in its case. Additionally, you can leave your bag of liquids in your carry-on. But remember, it must still comply with the 3-1-1 rule.
- Be prepared for standard screening. Remember, travelers are not guaranteed to have access to the PreCheck lanes for all flights, so be prepared for standard screening.
Want more information on how to enroll, where it’s available, and how likely you are to be selected for expedited screening? Check out the full details on the TSA website. And if you’re a current member and have other tips to add to our list, we’d love to hear them!