Want to sign up for access to quicker security lines at the airport? A new mobile enrollment center for TSA PreCheck is coming to West Palm Beach.
With TSA PreCheck, travelers can pay $85 for five years of access to an expedited security line, where they won’t have to remove their shoes, belts or coats, and their laptops and liquids can stay in their carry-ons. The fee covers the cost of background checks and fingerprinting performed by contractor IdentoGo. Once the background checks are completed, travelers are assigned a Known Traveler Number they provide to airlines when booking flights.
IdentoGo’s “big green RV” will be at the headquarters of security software company Sisco from now through Feb. 10. Then it will be stationed outside the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Gun Club Road from Feb. 13-24.
The mobile enrollment center accepts walk-ins, but appointments are recommended. Click here to make an appointment, and click here to see which documents you will need to bring with you.
Here is the full schedule for the RV while it’s in West Palm Beach:
3595 Fiscal Court, West Palm Beach
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 10
The Transportation Security Administration set up the PreCheck program to help with the increasingly long lines at airport security checkpoints.
For a fee, you can pass through security without removing your belt, shoes, laptop, liquids and jacket. Plus, PreCheck lines can be significantly shorter than typical security points.
I recently was assigned by The Post to travel to Cleveland, Ohio, and Philadelphia for the Republican and Democratic conventions in July. I also have two trips coming up this fall where I’ll fly to Atlanta and Denver. With all of that flying, you can understand how I’d come to the conclusion that the $85 PreCheck screening fee might be worth the money.
The result: a “known traveler number,” emailed to me within 24 hours of my PreCheck screening, that lets me move through a faster security line for the next five years.
Here are the five tips I have for travelers on getting your PreCheck status.
1. Plan to do PreCheck well in advance of your trip. In May, I set up my appointment at a local PreCheck center at the Port of Palm Beach for mid-June. That gave me plenty of time to let the TSA run the necessary background checks for PreCheck before my July flights. Click here to make your appointment.
2. Get the earliest appointment you can on the day you choose. My appointment was at 9:40 a.m., and when I arrived at 9:30, I was taken in promptly to begin the screening. You can do a walk-in, but appointments get priority. A TSA spokesman told me that the screening facilities process about 15,000 PreCheck applications a day on average, so you can see how with the recent spike in interest in PreCheck, that may mean an hours-long wait if you don’t have an appointment.
3. Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you have the necessary documents. I only needed my passport to complete the screening, but if you don’t have a passport, you may need your driver’s license, birth certificate or other official documents. Click here to see which documents you would need to bring.
4. Bring your patience. I was in and out of the Port PreCheck center in about 15 minutes, but a coworker spent about an hour at a facility in Boynton Beach — and that’s with an appointment. Take a book, make sure your cellphone is charged and have all of your documents in hand so you can get started as soon as your name is called.
5. When booking a flight, make sure your airline accepts PreCheck. Some don’t. Most major airlines do, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways.
Have you gone through the PreCheck process? What was your experience? Leave a comment or send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I could use it in an upcoming story.