On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration unveiled its first TSA Pre-Check application office in Texas where travelers can apply to be part of the government’s trusted traveler program. The office, located in Terminal D, will be open six days a week to conduct interviews, take digital fingerprints and screen travelers who want to be part of the program.
“This is the first on-airport location in the state of Texas,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole at a press conference in front of the new office. “The benefits of TSA Pre-Check for those who travel really more than just a couple times a year is we do pre-screening on you so you are able to go to a dedicated lane - here at DFW there are 8 such lanes - and to go through expedited physical screening.”
It costs $85 for a five-year membership in TSA Pre-Check and allows travelers to move more quickly through the security checkpoints at the airport. DFW Airport is the fourteenth airport in the U.S. to have an office. Since the TSA opened up the Pre-Check program to receive online applications in December, more than 165,000 travelers signed up, Pistole said.
The office is located on the secure side of the airport so travelers need to go online to make an appointment at the office, the TSA said. It takes about two to three weeks for an application to be processed.
Last year, DFW Airport revamped one of its security check points at Terminal E to make it easier for travelers to move through the screening process. Airport executive vice president for operations Jim Crites said more travelers should take advantage of programs like TSA Pre-Check as it makes traveling through the airport more convenient.
“We’re strong supporters of the TSA’s overall risk-based security program and in particular the TSA Pre-Check program which we believe results in a higher level of security while addressing the needs of the traveling public,” Crites said.