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TSA office to speed air-passenger screenings open for business

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2014 at 06:41 PM

TAMPA — The Transportation Security Administration has opened an enrollment center in Tampa for TSA’s PreCheck Program, which can expedite security screenings for passengers at 117 airports nationwide, including Tampa International Airport.

PreCheck allows certain low-risk airline passengers to pass through airport security check points without removing shoes, belts, light jackets or taking laptops out of bags.

The registration office at 2525 E. Hillsborough Ave, suite 203 is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will hold a grand opening this morning after a soft opening several weeks ago to ensure the operation runs smoothly, TSA spokesman Mark Howell said.

The office is located in the Tampa Festival/Winn Dixie Center and is between the Burger King and Family Dollar.

The idea behind TSA PreCheck is to expedite screening for travelers who volunteer detailed personal information, allowing the TSA to focus on other passengers the agency believes could be a security risk.

Applicants must pay a non-refundable $85 fee to obtain authorization called a Known Traveler Number that is good for five years.

Applicants are fingerprinted and must provide personal information including date of birth and address and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes.

Successful applicants are informed via mail two to three weeks after initial processing.

TSA PreCheck enrollees must enter their Known Traveler Number when booking travel reservations on any of the nine participating airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

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