Going through TSA is one of the most nerve wrecking things about traveling. In your mind you want to make sure you followed all the directions to prevent you from getting your bag searched, getting yelled at, or having to deal with the long lines and slow-moving travelers.
I was just awarded my first flight with TSA Pre-Check and let me tell you, it was smooth, fast, and easy. All things that make traveling with a toddler MUCH EASIER.
With TSA Pre-check is a “Trusted Travelers program” which eliminates you from having to remove your shoes, lap top, liquids, etc from your baggage. Not to mention 99% of the time there’s NO LINE!
HOW TO APPLY:
1. You apply for an in person appointment by using the following link: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck
2. You go to your in person appointment (typically at your local airport) and get a back ground check and fingerprinting done.
3. Enjoy your TSA Precheck
What to bring to your in person appointment:
1. One document from the following list must be the original, certified copy:
Unexpired Passport Book
Unexpired Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)
Unexpired Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Card
Unexpired U.S. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Unexpired Enhanced Identification Card (EID) • Permanent Resident Card (I-551) often referred to as a “Green Card”
Unexpired Foreign Passport AND immigrant visa with I-551 annotation of “Upon Endorsement Serves as Temporary I-551 Evidencing Permanent Residence of 1 Year”
Unexpired Re-entry Permit (I-327)
If you do not have something from list A then see below
2. A VALID UNEXPIRED ID and a proof of citizenship document (Birth certificate etc.)
3. TSA Pre-Check Fee: $85 and is valid for 5 years (not bad)
Things to Note:
· TSA Pre-Check is not guaranteed EVERY time you fly.
· You must enter your FIRST, MIDDLE, AND LAST name along with the Known Traveler Number Provided after the appointment into your flight reservation.
· Kids 12 and under flying with their parent can go through TSA precheck with the adult.
· If you violate your agreement and commit criminal offenses, you can be disqualified for TSA Pre- Check even after paying your application fee.