And if you’re a frequent traveler, you may want to be one of them.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to increase the membership of TSA Precheck and Global Entry membership by 20 million in the next few years.
That would make their current enrollment rise from 5 to 25 million.
“TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience.”
This system allows you to skip many of the standard security procedures for flights, making it easier for you to pass through. Such as: taking off your shoes, light jackets, acceptable liquids, or belts.
You would wonder that as a frequent traveler, why would it be hard to get them to enroll in such a program? According to Skift, it’s their limited marketing and advertising budget, as well as the $85 fee that comes with filling out the application.
With their target audience being frequent travelers, TSA has decided to go after different channels for encouraging travelers to join the Precheck program.
In order to lower the anxiety that comes with the hefty application fee, TSA is building partnerships with airlines, credit card providers, hotels, corporate travel managers and others.
Credit card loyalty card programs have already jumped on the bandwagon. David Lim, executive advisor to the TSA’s office of the chief risk officer said that American Express has been reimbursing cardholder application fees since 2014.
When Skift asked Lim if the projected 25 million enrollees “would make the Precheck lines more crowded and essentially eliminate the efficiency of the program?” Lim said no.
Lim said to Skift:
“Think about the current four-lane checkpoint with one Precheck,” said Lim. “In a future state, it will look like three lanes of Precheck and one standard lane. What that means is your experience wont diminish, we’ll just staff accordingly.”
So, my suggestion is, especially for frequent business travelers, to look into the program. No one likes being late for a flight because the security line is wrapped half-way around the airport.
Here’s what your TSA pass would look like:
To read more about the program, you can visit the TSA website.