TSA opens Precheck enrollment center at LAX Terminal 6

TSA is opening another Precheck enrollment center at LAX.  Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

TSA is opening another Precheck enrollment center at LAX. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

The TSA has opened a Precheck enrollment center in the lower level baggage claim area in Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport, the agency said this week.

The center is the first at LAX that is not inside security, so you can access it even if you do not have a flight that day. There’s another enrollment center in Delta’s Terminal 5, just beyond the TSA security checkpoint.

The Terminal 6 application facility is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The TSA recommends that prospective enrollees make an appointment and fill out out a form at the TSA’s website.

Precheck costs $85 and lasts for five years. The TSA does a background check on you and takes your fingerprints. If you pass their test — no one knows exactly what the rules are — you’ll get expedited security screening. That means you won’t need to take off your shoes or take your liquid out of your bag. You also won’t need to take your laptop out of your bag.

Precheck lines are generally shorter and move faster than regular ones. But there has been some grumbling of late that Precheck is no longer as quick as it once was.

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TSA to open precheck enrollment center at LAX Terminal 5

TSA will open a precheck enrollment center this week at LAX. Photo: Associated Press.

TSA will open a precheck enrollment center this week at LAX. Photo: Associated Press.

The Transportation Security Administration will open its first Precheck processing station at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The application center will be located in Delta’s Terminal 5 in the gate area. TSA has had processing applications at three locations in the L.A. area for a couple of months now, but this is the first time travelers in the airport will have the opportunity to go through the process. Passengers on United, Delta and Alaska will be able to access the Terminal 5 application center. American Airlines passengers will not have access — at least until the airport reopens a tunnel connecting its terminal with Delta’s.

For those not familiar, TSA’s precheck program allows passengers to register for more humane airport security screening — so long as they pass a background check, provide fingerprints and pay $85 to join the program. Assuming you pass, you can keep your shoes on and keep your liquids and laptops in your bags.

Travelers can go through expedited security at just about every major airport in the country, including LAX, Long Beach Airport and Burbank Bob Hope Airport.

If you want to join, you’ll want to go to TSA.gov to fill out the pre-enrollment questionnaire. You can make an appointment for the background check on the website, or you can simply drop in at one of the enrollment centers. Eventually, TSA wants to have more than 300 processing centers.

Here are the other L.A.-are locations:

•             Carson, Calif.: Universal Enrollment Center/IdentoGO Center — 460 East Carson Plaza Drive, Suite 114

•             Glendale, Calif.: Universal Enrollment Center/IdentoGO Center — 603 South Brand Boulevard

•             Signal Hill, Calif.: Universal Enrollment Center/IdentoGO Center — 2501 East 28th Street, Suite 105

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TSA Precheck comes to Burbank Bob Hope Airport

TSA Precheck — the federal agency’s fast-track through airport security — has finally reached Burbank Bob Hope Airport, officials said Thursday.

Travelers on Delta, Alaska, Southwest and United who are eligible for precheck can now use the service at Burbank’s A and B Terminals. But the release says the service will only be available during “peak periods” which leads me to believe precheck will not be available at all times.

The program allows travelers who give certain information to the government and pay a small fee to go through expedited security screening. For awhile, frequent travelers lauded it, saying they could speed through aircraft security. But as more people have become eligible to use it, many have said queues have gotten a lot longer. (For more, check out Brett Snyder’s recent post: Why is the TSA Trying to Ruin Pre Check?)

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