TSA Pre✓® … check!

 TSA Pre✓®

So you’re making plans for your next vacation and it includes air transportation.  So you check the airlines for what you can and cannot put in your bags.  But, don’t forget the most important way you can prepare for your flight and what could turn out to be the best $85.00 you have ever spent, the TSA Pre✓ ®.

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Did you know that the TSA Pre✓®

Only costs $85.00?  Oh, and that your TSA Pre✓ ® is good for 5 years!  That is only $17.00 per year! Just $17.00 a year to help you avoid those long TSA lines.  $17.00 a year to let you avoid pesky little things like removing your belt and shoes!  Oh, and now there is this…

Start Pulling out Your Tablets and E-Readers When You Go Through Airport Security

If you’ve flown at all in the last few years, you know the TSA wants you to pull out your laptop and place it in a separate bin for security screening. Well: now they want you to do the same with your tablets, e-readers, and even game consoles. –Start Pulling out Your Tablets and E-Readers When You Go Through Airport Security

This is how you can get your TSA Pre✓®

You can get your TSA Pre✓ ® KTN (Known Travel Number) by following these simple steps, outlined at https://www.tsa.gov/precheck.

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This is how it works.

1. Apply Online, Submit an online application in 5 minutes & schedule an appointment at any of 380+ enrollment centers.

2. Background Check, A 10 minute, in person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting.

3. Enjoy TSA Pre✓ ®,

Add your KTN to your ticket and enjoy!

Please note that this determination of eligibility for the TSA Pre✓®Application Program is within TSA‘s sole discretion and does not guarantee that you will always receive expedited airport security screening.

Denise and I recently got our TSA Pre✓®.  It was fast!  

We applied online, setup an appointment to be fingerprinted for the background check, went to our local TSA office at the Tampa Airport, paid the $85.00 fee and then, we were done!  Our appointment at the airport, it took less than 10 minutes per person!  Our wait to get our TSA Pre✓ ® KTN, just a little over a week! Denise received her confirmation my mail, I received mine via e-mail.  Of course, our results may not be yours.  We were informed that it could take up to 60 days for your application to be processed.

The moral of this story?

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This is money well spent! But, don’t wait until you are ready to fly to try and get your KTN, it could take up to 60 days to process your application, and I am sure, they have busy times such as holidays that play into the length of time it will take you!

I called and asked, “I have a handicap and sometimes use a wheelchair, do I still need the TSA Pre® will getting a KTN benefit me?”  The answer was “yes, it will, you won’t have to remove belts, shoes, light jackets (unless otherwise directed!) and now, you can leave your electronics in your carry on bags!”

“As a TSA Pre✓  ®-eligible traveler, you are allowed to leave on your shoes, belt, and light jackets, unless instructed otherwise by a TSA officer.  TSA Pre®-eligible travelers are also allowed to keep their laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on luggage. Your screening process is determined by your ability to stand and walk. If you can stand and walk without the support of a person or device, you may be screened using advanced imaging technology or walk-through metal detector. If you can neither stand nor walk, you will be screened by a patdown while you remain seated.

A transportation security officer will physically inspect your wheelchair or scooter, including the seat cushions and any non-removable pouches or packs. If the wheelchair or scooter has any removable pouches or bags, you will need to remove them for x-ray screening”. – TSA Pre✓® FAQ

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

 

 

 

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