The TSA PreCheck application programme has passed the 15 million active member mark, setting a new record.
The Transportation Security Administration has revealed that more than 19,200 individuals applied for TSA PreCheck membership on February 21, 2023 – the highest for any single day in the organisation’s history. Thirty-two million travellers now benefit from TSA PreCheck expedited screening after being vetted though TSA PreCheck, US Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry or another federal vetting programme.
“TSA PreCheck is one of the most innovative, efficient and effective risk-based security solutions in the agency’s 21-year history,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske. “Today, TSA PreCheck represents a best-in-class model of a successful trusted traveller system, providing the shared benefits of shorter wait times of under 10 minutes, greater checkpoint efficiency and improved security. We are proud of this programme and appreciate that so many passengers recognise its value to them personally and to the transportation system.
Launched in December 2013, TSA PreCheck is a Department of Homeland Security trusted traveller programme for low-risk travellers entering TSA’s security screening checkpoints at airports throughout the United States. The programme allows travellers to pass through the checkpoint wearing their shoes, belts, and light jackets as well as keeping their electronics and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on bags. As an added benefit, TSA PreCheck members get through security screening faster, with 92% waiting less than five minutes at airport checkpoints.
Applicants pay $78 for a five-year membership in TSA PreCheck, which involves an in-person appointment and background check. Successful applicants are awarded a Known Traveller Number (KTN) which they add to their flight reservations when booking travel to receive TSA PreCheck on their boarding pass.