TSA's Pre-check Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a pre-check program to allow passengers to bypass some of the inconveniences of the check-in process (removing shoes and belts, light outerwear/jacket, removing liquid or gel items from a 3-1-1 compliant bag in a carry-on).  At some airports, people in the PreCheck line can also leave their laptop in its case. 

People may enroll
in this program which provides a 5-year membership for $85 (as of June 2014). 

Take 2 forms of ID (driverís license, birth certificate, or passport, PLUS a certified birth certificate if married, or name has changed) to the enrollment center.  You will be fingerprinted, and your personal information will be submitted for a risk analysis and criminal background check. 

People who are cleared for TSA security screening
are given a Known Traveler Number, and when your boarding pass is scanned at airports around the country, the agent is notified to usher you into the usually shorter pre-checked security line.  While the Spokane airport typically does not have long screen lines, other airports do - sometimes taking an hour or more to navigate without PreCheck. 

People may enroll online and make a 15-minute appointment.  (The average apopintment takes about 8 minutes.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Although the process requires an in-person visit an enrollment office to verify citizenship, the TSA recommends that passengers begin by pre-enrollling at  https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply and using the TSA PreCheck section of the web page.  TSA says to make sure your name and personal information are consistently the same among PreCheck frequent flier programs and airline reservations.  Also be sure to enter the Known Traveler Number on your airline reservation form, so it shows up on your boarding pass. 

The TSA lists the documents that are required to enroll at http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation 

(Source:  Program saves passengers time, by Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, June 19, 2014; and TSA PreCheck popular, Fliers can now sign up at Spokane airport, by Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, March 20, 2015)

More PreCheck Tips:

Travelers who have received a Known Traveler Number (KTN) should receive TSA PreCheck expedited screening on a consistent basis.  Here are some tips to make sure that happens:
  1. Your KTN needs to be included in every flight reservation.  Adding it to your airline profile is no guarantee that it will convey to every trip.

  2. If you make a reservation via a third party (like Expedia), the KTN likely will not transmit to the airline.  Solution?  After the reservation is made, contact the airline with your KTN, or enter it yourself on the airline's website.

  3. Still have problems?  Call the airline to verify your name, gender and date of birth match what you provided when you applied to TSA PreCheck.  Incorrect biographical information could be the reason you are not receiving TSA PreCheck benefits.  This is the most common problem we see.

  4. Finally, if you check in online and do not see a TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass, contact the airline.  You may be able to update your information, allowing you to reprint your boarding pass, becoming TSA PreCheck-eligible.

More information on TSA PreCheck is available at http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/faqs.  Following the steps above should allow travelers who have enrolled in TSA PreCheck to experience expedited screening consistently.   (Source:  Lorie Dankers, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Seattle, WA, Letters to the Editor, The Spokesman-Review, July 2014)


Additional Resources

Apply at 2 Spokane locations:


Mail Box Center
9116 E. Sprague
(between Argonne & Mullan Roads)
Spokane Valley   99206
(509) 924-5040
Weekdays:  8 am - 5 pm
Saturday:    9 am - 3 pm
email:  mailboxcenter@msn.com
http://www.MailBoxCenter.com 

Spokane International Airport
(in the corridor next to the luggage carousels)
Concourse C, Room 204
Spokane, WA
The office is open on
Wednesdays and Thursdays:  8 - 11:00 am, and 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fridays:                                    8 - 11:00 am; and 11:30 am - 2:00 pm