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TSA PreCheck Renewals Just Got a Lot Cheaper

News Airports + Flying
by Morgane Croissant Oct 5, 2021

TSA PreCheck renewals have dropped $15 for online registrations starting October 1. That takes the cost from $85 down to $70 (the cost of initial enrollment for a five-year membership remains $85, however).

Many of those looking to renew will benefit from the price shift without having to change their plan or routine much: More than 95 percent of PreCheck renewals already take place online, the TSA noted in a press release.

Launched in 2013, the TSA PreCheck program allows pre-approved travelers to go through airport security screening without removing their shoes, belt, and jackets. They also don’t need to take out their liquids or electronic devices from their carry-on. According to the TSA, 96 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes to go through security check points in in September 2021. If you’ve been anywhere near an airport security line in recent months, you know that’s something special.

To become a TSA PreCheck passenger, travelers must meet a number of requirements:

  • US citizen
  • A lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the US
  • Haven’t been convicted of certain crimes

Applicants to the TSA Precheck program must provide biometric and biographic information to be assessed as a low-risk traveler.

Applications to the TSA PreCheck program can easily and quickly be done online; enrollment to the program is finalized after an appointment in one of the hundreds of enrollment centers in the US.

More than 200 airports in the US and 80 airlines participate in the TSA PreCheck program.

To learn more about the benefits of the program and how to apply check out Matador Network’s guide to the TSA PreCheck program and Global Entry.

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