TSA PreCheck application site opens at Sky Harbor

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PHOENIX -- TSA officially opened an application site for its PreCheck program at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Friday.

Sky Harbor is one of about two dozen airports and more than 300 locations accepting applications.

The TSA PreCheck status is valid for five years and provides expedited security screening to travelers who are considered low risk.

"Passengers in a PreCheck lane don't have to remove their jacket, they can leave their belt on, they can leave their shoes on, they can leave their liquids in their carry-on bag, and a lot of travelers love that they can leave laptops in their bag as well," said TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein.

That's good news for travelers like Laura Roskind.

"We're a little bit older, and it will be just nice to be able to go through very easily and not have to take off our shoes and go through the heavy security," she said.

TSA said the PreCheck status will also save travelers time because those lanes can process twice as many passengers as standard lanes.

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $85, but Kurt Boettcher said it sounds like a bargain.

"Unpacking the laptops, and taking out the bags and the shoes and the belts, especially in the winter traveling, that can be such a hassle," he said.

There is another application center located in Gilbert, but it has proven to be an obstacle for some people.

"I made an appointment, but the place was 30 minutes from my home and I never bothered doing it," Patty Macket told 3TV. "So yeah, this is convenient. I'd do it."

Although 120 airports have PreCheck lanes, only 28 have an onsite application center.

To qualify for PreCheck status, a traveler must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes.

Travelers can go through the pre-enrollment process online at www.tsa.gov and then visit the application site at the west end of the first level in Terminal 4. There they will provide biographic information, fingerprints, a valid ID and citizenship/immigration documents.

For more information, visit www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/application-program.