The Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program is now officially phased out from all airports nationwide. The TSA on Monday pulled the plug on its controversial but traveler-friendly Managed Inclusion Program, which allowed frequent travelers to use the PreCheck security lines at airports without paying the fee.
Effective this week, clients who are accustomed to using the PreCheck line will no longer be able to do so unless they officially enroll in the program, pay the $85 application fee, and complete an in-person interview at one of the 330 application centers around the country. Once a traveler is enrolled, PreCheck status is valid for five years.
TSA had been allowing passengers deemed “low-risk” to use the expedited security lanes in order to speed up the security process. Passengers could save time—and money—if they were lucky enough to be cleared to use the PreCheck lanes without paying the $85 application fee.
Passengers in the TSA PreCheck line don’t need to remove shoes, belts, or light jackets and can keep laptops and 3-1-1 liquids in their bags. The program is available in more than 150 airports nationwide and most major American carriers participate, including American, Delta, and United.
This does not have any effect on Known Crew Member.
If you want to learn more about TSA Pre-Check and apply for it, click here – https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply
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