This Retailer Is Helping Travelers Skip Long Airport Lines

Here's everything you need to know about speeding through airport security lines -- including how to dodge a steep fee.

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Enrolling in the TSA Precheck program will be a little easier this summer.

The office supplies retailer Staples will open 50 enrollment centers in its stores soon, AARP reports.

The first of these centers will open in Staples stores located in cities like:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Seattle

Folks who wish to enroll in TSA Precheck at a Staples store will first need to set up an appointment through IdentoGO’s website. The security company IDEMIA runs IdentoGO, which serves as the TSA Precheck enrollment centers.

What is TSA Precheck?

TSA Precheck is the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program for air travelers.

Members can speed through security checkpoints at more than 200 airports — we cite TSA Precheck in “The 4 Ways to Get Cleared Through Airport Security and Across Borders Fastest.”

According to the latest monthly TSA data, 92 percent of Precheck members wait five minutes or less.

Enrolling in the TSA Precheck program involves filling out an application, undergoing a background check and getting fingerprinted. Program membership costs $85 and is good for five years.

How to enroll in TSA Precheck for free

The ability to enroll in TSA Precheck at a local store may make enrollment more convenient, but it’s still no reason to pay that $85 fee every five years.

To learn about how you can get around the fee, check out “17 Ways to Get TSA Precheck for Free.”

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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