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TSA offering PreCheck option at Eppley Airfield

Posted at 9:33 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 10:33:12-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Airport travel numbers have been down since COVID-19 arrived in the United States, but they are slowly crawling back up. Labor Day as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday travel are on the horizon for some. So the TSA is having a fast track PreCheck application program this week at Eppley Airfield.

Long security lines are one of the top complaints about flying. Those delays can lead to missed flights and create a snowball effect of other flying issues.

TSA PreCheck can eliminate a lot of hassles when flying.

"If you have TSA PreCheck, it allows you to leave your shoes on, a light outwear jacket; you can leave your electronics in your carry on bag, laptops, readers and even games and even food items," said Lisa Farbstein, spokesperson for the TSA.

And while the PreCheck saves you a lot of time, it is also a huge convenience for TSA.

"It is an enhancement of security because it allows us to concentrate more on the passengers we know less about," Farbstein said. "People who have been through TSA PreCheck have provided us with more personal information about themselves, including their fingerprints. That allows us to do a nice and thorough background check before their flight."

Although walk-ups are welcome, you can go online to pre-register and make an appointment and even find out exactly what documents you need to bring.

You should have your known trace number, or KTN, back in about two weeks.

The pop-up PreCheck application program is taking place in the Platte Room. It starts at 9 am Monday and goes til noon. It will begin again at 1 pm and continue until 5 pm.

The cost is $85 and it lasts five years.