One Million Americans Now Enrolled in TSA Precheck

Mar 24, 2015

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This morning, the Transportation Security Administration announced that enrollment in its TSA Precheck program has crossed the one million mark. Roughly 4,000 travelers per day now sign up for TSA Precheck, which enables low-risk travelers to move more efficiently through select screening lanes at 133 U.S. airports.

Have you signed up for TSA Precheck yet—or for that matter, the even more comprehensive Global Entry? I urge you not to wait any longer!

11 different airlines participate in TSA Precheck
One million Americans now have TSA Precheck—but they could have signed up for Global Entry, instead!

TSA Precheck requires you to pay an $85 application fee and complete an in-person interview at one of more than 330 application centers around the United States (including locations at 31 airports and an array of IdentoGO Centers). During your interview, if you’re approved for TSA Precheck, you’ll be given a Known Traveler Number (KTN); within about a week, you’ll receive your official ID card by mail. TSA Precheck status is valid for five years and allows you to leave on your shoes, light outerwear and belt, and to keep your laptop in its case and your 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in your carry-on.

Even more of a no-brainer, though, is Global Entry (GOES), which entitles you to expedited security when returning from international trips and gives you access to TSA Precheck. The Global Entry application process is the same as for TSA Precheck, aside from a $100 application fee (only $15 more than Precheck!), and upon approval, is also valid for five years.

No, seriously—what are you waiting for?

And bonus, you can receive reimbursement of the $100 GOES application fee if you’re:

  • a cardholder (or additional cardholder) of the The Platinum Card® from American Express, Mercedes-Benz Platinum, Business Platinum Card® from American Express or Centurion cards
  • a cardholder of the Citi Prestige card
  • an existing US Airways Barclaycard cardholder, as you’ll soon be upgraded to Aviator Red and Silver products, which offer credit for the GOES fee

If you’re a frequent international traveler like me—or are inspired to become one— I’d highly recommend paying the extra $15 for Global Entry. And if you often travel with a partner (e.g., a spouse, friend, colleague, etc.), you might both want to apply for Global Entry, so neither of you has to wait for the other to clear security.

If you’ve opted for Global Entry status and want to ensure that you get TSA Precheck every time you travel through an eligible airport, be sure to see Updated TSA Travel Tips for TSA Precheck and Global Entry for all the tips, tricks and suggestions you need to know.

If you’re tired of crowded scenarios at airport security, set up your Global Entry interview—there’s no time like the present

Also see these previous posts to learn more about Global Entry and TSA Precheck—and how they’re great tools for frequent travelers:

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry
6 Reasons Why Global Entry Rocks
How to Apply & Get Approved for Global Entry
How Can I get Global Entry if I Already Have TSA Precheck?

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