This week, the TSA announced a significant milestone for its Precheck program: the enrollment of its 1 millionth traveler.
Precheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-ons when clearing security in designated screening lanes.
To enroll in Precheck, travelers pay an $85 application fee and must undergo an in-person interview at one of TSA’s 330 application centers.
Once approved as a low-risk traveler, flyers are entitled to use TSA Precheck lanes at 133 U.S. airports when flying on 11 participating carriers: Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.
With full flights and travel’s generally high-hassle factor, anything travelers can do to make flying less stressful is worth a look. And 1 million flyers have now given a thumbs-up to Precheck.
But Precheck isn’t for everyone. For the occasional flyer, it probably isn’t worth the fee and the time required to apply for the program. And if your hometown airport doesn’t have Precheck lanes, the service’s value is obviously diminished.
Reader Reality Check
Are you a Precheck flyer, and if you are, how handy has it been for you?
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.
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