TSA Pre-check program expands at Ford Airport

(AP Photo/David Goldman/File)

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The Transportation Security Administration’s popular Pre-check program has been expanded at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Kent County.

The program is now available for passengers flying on Delta Air Lines via Checkpoint A, and on Southwest, United and American Airlines via Checkpoint B.

The program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

“We’re pleased to expand TSA Pre-check and other risk-based procedures to an additional location at Grand Rapids, which will both strengthen transportation security while improving the passenger experience,” Ford Airport TSA Federal Security Director Max Harnish said in a news release.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport is the only other airport in Michigan where the program is available.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can go through a pre-enrollment process online and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, payment and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation.

All TSA Pre-check program applicants must visit an application center in-person to verify their identity and provide documentation to confirm their citizenship/immigration status, as well as provide fingerprints. TSA is currently in the process of opening more than 300 application centers across the country.

This new process will allow all U.S. travelers and lawful permanent residents the ability to apply directly to TSA’s popular expedited screening program.

Inside the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township. (file photo)
Inside the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township. (file photo)

The TSA Pre-check application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre-check lanes at security checkpoints at more than 100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

To date, passengers have only been eligible through existing programs such as U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program and frequent flier programs with certain airlines, but now travelers can apply directly for the expedited screening program.

If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre-check indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that, when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre-check lane. Eligible passengers should utilize the TSA Pre-check lane to receive expedited screening.

“We encourage passengers to look for the words ‘TSA Pre✓™’ on their boarding passes. If found, take advantage of the screening efficiencies in our TSA Pre✓™ lanes in Checkpoints A and B,” Harnish said.

More than 30 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre-check since it launched in October 2011. Travelers can check the TSA Pre-check Participating Airports page for information on locations and hours of active TSA Pre-check lanes.

As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

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