Travelers in Tampa now have more options to apply for expedited screening
TAMPA — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) today announced the opening of an application site for TSA PreCheck, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.
The TSA Precheck application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA Precheck benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “TSA PreCheck is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.”
“The TSA PreCheck Program is a popular customer service enhancement at Tampa International Airport that improves the efficiency of the screening process, benefitting all travelers,” said John Tiliacos, Vice President of Operations and Guest Services at TPA. “By opening the application center at the airport, the TSA has further improved upon the process and made the program even more customer-friendly.”
Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints at 118 participating airports and on eleven major U.S. airlines including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America, Air Canada and Sun Country.
As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
Additional program information and how to enroll can be found at www.TSA.gov
• This TSA PreCheck application center is located on the baggage claim level (red side) of Tampa International Airport across from baggage carousel #13. Walk-in appointments will be honored on a first come, first served-basis; pre-enrollment at www.TSA.gov is recommended.
• TPA is one of 22 airports nationwide with an on-site application center. There are more than 250 other application centers located off-airport across the U.S.
• TPA has TSA PreCheck screening lanes that operate throughout the day, and is one of 118 airports with expedited screening lanes at TSA checkpoints.
• TSA PreCheck expedited screening lanes were established at TPA in July 2012.
The 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.