The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


TSA Opens PreCheck to All U.S. Citizens

Beginning today, the TSA’s PreCheck trusted-traveler program is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who have not been convicted of certain crimes.

To be issued a Known Traveler Number, applicants must provide their biographic information, fingerprints, and proof of citizenship status. Although some of the application process can be completed online, applicants must also visit a designated application center. Initially, the only application center processing applications is at Indianapolis International Airport.

The application fee is $85, and is non-refundable.

Once approved, an applicant’s Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.

Pre Check passengers are entitled to use a special security-clearance lane, with less intrusive screening: Shoes, belts, and light outerwear may be left on, and laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids may be left in carry-on bags. The service is currently offered at around 100 U.S. airports.

Previously, Pre Check was available only to select travelers identified by nine participating airlines based on their frequent-flyer program profiles, and to members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program or Canada’s CBP’s NEXUS program.

Reader Reality Check

Have you had a chance to try Pre Check? Worth it?

This article originally appeared on
You Might Also Like:

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From