TSA opens Wichita PreCheck office to speed airport security checks

06/25/2014 6:40 AM

07/07/2014 9:26 AM

The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office in Wichita where travelers can apply to pass through security checkpoints more quickly in U.S. airports.

The office is at New Leaf Plaza, 2021 N. Amidon, Suite 13.

Travelers may go to the office to show proof of identity and be fingerprinted for a background check. If they pass, they will be able to access TSA’s PreCheck lines at airports around the country, where they will be allowed to keep their shoes, belts and light outerwear on, leave laptops in their cases and keep approved liquids and gels in carry-on luggage.

Approved passengers will be issued a known traveler number, which gives them access to the PreCheck lines at 118 participating airports and on 11 major airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has had a PreCheck line since October 2013.

The application fee is $85. If enrollment is approved, it is good for five years.

To be eligible, passengers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The TSA encourages applicants to pre-enroll online at tsa.gov to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting the office.

Details of the identification requirements also are available at tsa.gov.

The Wichita office is the sixth TSA PreCheck office in Kansas. Others are in Garden City, Lenexa, Salina, Topeka and Pittsburg.

There are 280 nationwide. The TSA plans to expand that number to 300. About 300,000 people have signed up for the program.

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