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Fast and Easy Travel with the TSA Pre✓™ Traveler Program

Updated on December 6, 2014
Look for the TSA Pre✓™  Program to extend to North America's 14 Spaceports, including Spaceport America, HQ for Virgin Galactic flights.
Look for the TSA Pre✓™ Program to extend to North America's 14 Spaceports, including Spaceport America, HQ for Virgin Galactic flights. | Source

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.

Spaceport America Flights Began in ate 2014

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Time Savings for All Air Travelers

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

  1. Minimum wait times, via dedicated or integrated lines set up just for them;
  2. Enhanced customer service over other travelers, like concierge service, special attention to luggage, and special parking privileges; and
  3. 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:

  • Click here for information for business and other travelers interested in participating in the TSA Pre✓™ Program.
  • For employment opportunities with the US Transportation Security Administration Careers with TSA

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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).

TSA-Approved Vendors:

  • 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
  • IBM
  • Thales: Aerospace, Defense and Security IT solutions
  • UNISYS
  • VPS, creators of IDExpert

Airlines Participating in Registered Travelers Program

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      A coworker's mom taught English to some of the hijackers that perpetrated 9/11 and she felt terrible about it; but I think we cannot control the borders 100%. The red tape at airports keeps me from traveling sometimes.

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      Ginny Crandall 

      7 years ago

      I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this. On one hand, as a "clean" American citizen, I would never do anything to harm the nation, and would love the shorter wait times at airports (I like to get the traveling experience over as quickly as possible). But on the other hand, aren't there terrorists who have just sat in our country for years doing nothing, then one day they start blowing stuff up?

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