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Register your information with the TSA, and you might be able to skip this mess.
The Transportation Security Administration’s Colorado Springs Pre-Check application center is open at 1255 Lake Plaza Drive, #100, as of Tuesday, April 22. The Pre-Check program gives applicants a chance to avoid long lines and invasive searches at 118 U.S. airports, including the Colorado Springs Airport and Denver International Airport.
Participants pay a non-refundable $85 fee to apply for a five-year membership, at an application center, according to a TSA fact sheet. Those accepted can use their “Known Traveler Number” when buying tickets to get a spot in an express line. So far, only Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America are part of the program.
Still, the TSA’s fact sheet states, “No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.”
Signing up for the program requires personal information including name, date of birth, address, fingerprints, valid ID and relevant citizenship or immigration documents. Some benefits will have limited availability, and program members may still be searched at random.
For more information, go to tsa.gov.