TSA PreCheck price drops

(CNN) – At a time when everything seems to be getting more expensive, there is at least one travel amenity that will cost air travelers less.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that TSA PreCheck, a service aimed at expediting airport security screening for members, will now cost less to register and renew in person.

Enrollment provider IDEMIA has dropped those fees from $85 to $78. The cost to renew your membership online remains $70.

Membership, which requires application and approval, is good for five years before it must be renewed.

Travelers applying for TSA PreCheck membership must provide “biometric and biographical information used by TSA to conduct security threat assessments,” TSA said in a news release.

PreCheck just in time for the holidays

Now is the time to sign up for the holiday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement.

“TSA PreCheck offers significant benefits to those who meet the registration standards: less physical contact, fewer items on the conveyor belt and faster screening,” Pekoske said.

The application includes an appointment for registration. According to the TSA, there are 500 enrollment centers in the United States. Most travelers receive a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) within three to five days, the agency says.

This number must be added to the passenger’s flight reservations to receive the expedited screen. With a TSA PreCheck membership, travelers are allowed to leave shoes, belts and jackets and carry electronics and liquids that comply with the 3-1-1 rule in their carry-on bags.

Faster security paths

Designated member lanes generally move faster than non-PreCheck lanes.

According to the TSA, 93% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes at airport security in September 2022.

The move comes as the number of travelers seen at TSA checkpoints approaches pre-pandemic numbers.

As of November 3, about 2,236,880 passengers were screened at US airports, about 90% of the number screened in 2019.

After a busy summer caused by airline travel disruptions, the busy holiday season will soon put airlines and airports to the test again.

Top photo: File photo of a TSA PreCheck line at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Shutterstock)