TSA PreCheck: Cut down on your wait

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Long lines at TSA checkpoints are becoming a source of annoyance for travelers, but one pre-registration program can help you speed things up.

(NBC News) News of long lines at Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints may be behind another rush.

To avoid those long airport security lines, TSA says 15,000 people are signing up for their PreCheck fast lane each day.

There are hundreds of places to apply for PreCheck expedited clearance, including airports and shopping centers.

Here’s how it works: Fill out the application at TSA.gov, then go to an enrollment center with a birth certificate or passport and get fingerprinted for a background check. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents qualify.

An $85 fee covers five years of zipping through security.

It’s faster because shoes, belts and light outer jackets stay on.

It’s similar to customs and border protection’s Global Entry program for international travelers, and the millions who’ve signed up for that can also use the PreCheck lane.

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