January 8, 2015
A press release from the Transportation Security Administration:
An enrollment center where individuals can apply for TSA Pre✓ and expedited screening benefits is open at the Rochester International Airport (RST). TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program that allows passengers departing RST to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt. At other airports including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, they can also keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag.
TSA Pre✓ is part of the agency’s move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to security. Instead, TSA is applying new intelligence-driven, risk-based screening procedures and enhancing its use of technology. Through a variety of risk-based initiatives such as TSA Pre✓, TSA provides effective security while gaining efficiencies and improving the travel experience for millions of passengers each week.
“We are pleased that travelers who live in and around Rochester can enroll in TSA Pre✓ locally at a convenient on-airport location,” said TSA Federal Security Director for Minnesota Cliff Van Leuven. “TSA Pre✓ not only makes the travel experience more convenient, it allows us to focus our resources on passengers who may pose a higher risk to security while providing expedited screening to those travelers who have been identified as low-risk, trusted travelers.”
The RST enrollment center is located near the security checkpoint in the airport terminal. It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents can begin the application process online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov and selecting TSA Pre✓ in the middle of the webpage. Follow the on-screen directions to pre-enroll or schedule an appointment.
Applicants are required to make an in-person visit to an enrollment center to verify citizenship or immigration status, as well as to provide fingerprints. While walk-ins are accepted, appointments are recommended and can be booked online up to 30 days in advance. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85. Approved applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail in two to three weeks. The KTN, which is valid for five years, will also be available online after five to seven business days.
Passengers are encouraged to save their KTN in each frequent flyer profile. Additionally, those who purchase their tickets via a third-party website or travel agency should enter their KTN each time they make a reservation.
When entered into an airline reservation during the booking process, the KTN allows travelers to utilize TSA Pre✓ lanes at security checkpoints at any of the 124 participating airports. Nationwide, 11 major airlines participate in TSA Pre✓ including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
The list of required identity and proof of citizenship or immigration documents can be viewed at www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation. A list of eligibility requirements, which includes permanent and interim disqualifying criminal offenses and other actions that could lead to an applicant being deemed ineligible for TSA Pre✓, is available at www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/eligibility-requirements.
Members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry and NEXUS are eligible for TSA Pre✓ by utilizing their PASSID as their KTN.
TSA offers TSA Pre✓ on a flight-by-flight basis to some passengers flying on a participating TSA Pre✓ airline. These passengers are not required to “opt in” through an airline or enroll in any type of Trusted Traveler program. TSA electronically analyzes passenger information provided during the reservation process and conducts a real-time risk assessment, pre-clearing select passengers for expedited screening. This process allows TSA to maintain its high security standards while offering more travelers the benefit of TSA Pre✓.
Travelers who have been cleared for TSA Pre✓ will have information embedded in the barcode of their boarding pass. The boarding pass will be scanned at the security checkpoint and eligible passengers will receive expedited screening.
All travelers are encouraged to look at their boarding pass – whether paper or electronic – prior to coming to the security checkpoint. Airlines print a TSA Pre✓ indicator directly on it to give passengers a heads up that they have been cleared for expedited screening.
As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures both seen and unseen throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
To learn more about TSA Pre✓, visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck. For more information on the four trusted traveler programs that include TSA Pre✓ eligibility, visit dhs.gov/tt.
Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with the transportation, law enforcement and intelligence community to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.