TSA program expected to cut wait time in half for some Lowcountry travelers

TSA Program expected to cut wait time in half for some Lowcountry travelers

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Since 2011, nearly 30 million travelers have experienced the TSA's Pre-Check Program.

Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration made the official announcement of its launch in Charleston.

The program, dubbed TSA Pre✓™, is an expedited security screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and keep compliant liquids and gels in a carry-on bag.

TSA Regional Spokesperson Mark Howell said the program steers away from a "one-size-fit-all approach to screening."

"It's not going to sacrifice security for efficiency," he said.

Travelers must first go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov.  

From there, applicants are also required to visit an application center, where they'll be asked to provide biographic information, fingerprints, and valid identification.

The fee to apply is $85, which covers a 5-year membership once approved.

TSA Federal Security Director Debra Engel said nearly 40% of travelers at Charleston International Airport (CHS) are a member of the TSA Pre✓™ program.

Every major airline in Charleston participate as well.

"I appreciate the security because of the times that we live in, but I also think that we're doing things a little bit smarter," said frequent flyer and TSA Pre✓™ member Mary Alsop.

For more information on how to enroll, visit http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.

Lowcountry travelers can also visit the application center located in the Coastal Glass Business Center at 3025 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

The site will move to its permanent location March 17th at 1954 Ashley River Road in Charleston.

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