Depending on the airport, you can usually keep your laptop and liquids inside your bag when you send them through the x-ray machine.
Keep in mind that random security checks still apply, so you might be asked to comply with the usual security measures. Initially restricted to frequent flyers of certain airlines, the general population has been able to apply since December You must be a law-abiding U.
In order to apply, you need to provide the kind of information that allows the TSA to perform a background check on you. The required information includes your name, address, gender, date of birth and social security number.
The TSA's website provides a list of valid identification documents, such as an unexpired passport or unexpired enhanced US driver's licence.
The website also has an enrollment center locator tool so that you can find the closest location to you by entering your zip code, your city, or your airport. To speed things up, submit your information via the online form available on TSA's website.
You may pay the fee with a credit card, money order, company check or certified check. The TSA's website provides links to credit cards and loyalty programs that reimburse cardholders for all or part of the application fee or that allow you to use reward points to pay the fee.
Add that number to your frequent flyer accounts and provide it to the airline when you buy your ticket. This helps ensure that your boarding passes indicate you are eligible to use the expedited TSA Pre-Check line. There is no age restriction on applying, so your kids can get their own status if you prefer.
In any case, they will need their own status once they're 13 to join you in the special security lanes. Johanna Read is a Canadian freelance writer and photographer specializing in travel, food, and responsible tourism.
Writing for a variety of Canadian and international publications, she likes to encourage travel that is culturally, economically, and environmentally sustainable.