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TSA Limiting Pre-Check Lanes to Paid Subscribers

Effective February 2017, the Transportation Security Administration will limit access to its TSA Pre-Check expedited physical screening lanes. Only those customers who have paid for and enrolled in a Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler program, such as TSA Pre-Check, will have the most frequent and consistent access to expedited screening lanes. This change means that travelers who have been receiving TSA Pre-Check for free through their airline loyalty programs will receive it much less often and will be directed to standard security lanes.

Travelers looking to move through security more quickly have several options:

• Membership to the TSA Pre-Check Application Program, which costs $85 for five years and enables applicants to apply online, submit to a background check and visit one of more than 380 enrollment sites across the country.

• Global Entry, which comes with the benefit of TSA Pre-Check access as well as expedited clearance for travelers reentering the U.S. and costs $100 for a five year membership with a similar application process.

Travelers with questions about TSA Pre-Check eligibility or those who believe they’re not receiving TSA Pre-Check in error are encouraged to direct their questions to @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook.com/AskTSA, or contact TSA at (866) 289-9673.

You may also view additional information by visiting the Transportation Security Administration website.

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