Fast and Easy Travel with the TSA Pre✓™ Traveler Program
Time Saving Strategies for Travel
In order to shorten traveler wait times in line at the security post in airports and other border crossings, individuals may want to consider becoming what is called a TSA Pre✓™ or Registered Traveler They can do this through the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and partner companies such as private sector airlines.
The US Transportation Security Administration sees their partnership with the private sector in a Registered Traveler program as a method that will encourage frequent travelers to provide information that can move them very swiftly through TSA security lines.
The traveler in the TSA Pre✓™ program receives an expedited security screening that cuts the red tape for passengers that voluntarily undergo an official Security Threat Assessment (STA) to pre-identify them to the airlines and other transportation providers in the near future as pre-qualified travelers.
The private sector currently performs the enrollment of travelers, the verification, and some other services, while TSA does the program oversight, the STA, and the physical checks at the airports. The RT program can eliminate much of the wait for travelers that pose little or no security risk, while it frees up TSA staff to more closely examine other travel security risks.
Qualified individuals for program must be American citizens, US nationals, or permanent legal residents. The TSA collects personal traveler information that includes full name, address, telephone number, and date of birth, along with certain biometric information. The required biometrics includes fingerprinting and/or an iris scan. A security assessment follows that includes an examination of law enforcement and intelligence data existing on the individual, along with a check for outstanding warrants.
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For frequent business travelers that don't mind the additional surveillance and the qualifying process, the TSA Pre✓™can save them a lot of time.
After a business or other traveler qualifies for TSA Pre✓™, he or she can take advance of
- Minimum wait times, via dedicated or integrated lines set up just for them;
- Enhanced customer service over other travelers, like concierge service, special attention to luggage, and special parking privileges; and
- Discounts for airport related services and concessions.
The TSA cost for the application is $85 for five years ($17/year) per traveler.
In choosing this travel option, the business traveler should weigh the balance between speed of travel and dollar cost and some loss of privacy in providing a background check and other information to TSA.
For extensive additional information on the program, click on the links below:
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Private Sector Operators
Participating Private Companies that are operating the TSA Pre✓™ program:
- Air France (Terminal 1 at JFK);
- Albany International Airport (ALB);
- British Airways (Terminal 7 at JFK);
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG);
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND);
- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX);
- Little Rock National Airport (LIT);
- Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC);
- Orlando International Airport (MCO);
- Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO);
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO);
- Virgin Atlantic (Terminal B at EWR);
- Virgin Atlantic (Terminal 4 at JFK);
- Westchester County Airport (HPN).
- FLO Corporation www.fastlaneoption.com/
- Unisys http://www.rtgocard.com/
- Verant Identification Systems Inc http://www.verantid.com/
- Verified Identity Pass www.verifiedidpass.com/
- Vigilant Solutions: Preferred Traveler Program www.vigilant-solutions.com/
Sponsors of Trusted Traveling
Sponsors of the Registered Travelers Forum include:
- Dartagnan™ biometric solutions
- Thales: Aerospace, Defense and Security IT solutions
- VPS, creators of IDExpert
- Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
- Miami International Airport
- Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport
- Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport
- Monterey Peninsula Airport
- Myrtle Beach International Airport
- Norfolk Airport Authority
- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
- Northwestern Regional Airport
- Oakland International Airport
- Palm Beach International Airport
- Palm Springs International Airport
- Peninsula Airport Commission
- Philadelphia International Airport
- Phoenix Sky Harbor
- Pittsburgh International Airport
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- Port Columbus International Airport
- PORT OF SEATTLE/SEA-TAC INT'L
- Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport; pullman-wa.gov/airport.htm
- Redding Municipal Airport
- Redmond Airport
- Reno Tahoe Airport Authority
- Rhode Island Airport Corporation
- Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
- Santa Barbara Airport
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
- St. George Municipal Airport
- Tallahassee Regional Airport
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
- Reagan Washington National and Dulles Int'l Airports
- Tucson Airport Authority
- Tupelo Regional Airport
- Waco Regional Airport
- Wayne County Air Authority
- Wichita Airport Authority
- Wilmington International Airport
- Yeager Airport
Airlines Participating in Registered Travelers Program
- Albany International Airport
- Atlantic City International Airport
- Austin Straubel Int'l Airport
- Baltimore/Washington Int'l Thurgood Marshall Airport
- Bangor International Airport
- Barkley Regional Airport
- Birmingham Airport Authority
- Blue Grass Airport
- Boston Logan Int'l Airport
- Central Wisconsin Regional Airport
- Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
- Daytona Beach Int'l Airport
- Denver Int'l Airport*
- Des Moines International Airport
- Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Reg. Airport
- Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
- Fort Wayne International Airport
- Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport
- General Mitchell Int'l Airport
- Grand Forks Regional Airport
- Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
- Greater Rockford Airport
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Houston Airport System
- Huntsville International Airport
- Jackson Hole Airport
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl Airport
- Kent County Department of Aeronautics
- Lafayette Regional Airport
- Lambert-St. Louis Int'l Airport
- Lihue Airport
- Little Rock National Airport
- Louisville International Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Memphis-Shelby County Airport
- Metropolitan Knoxville Airport
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