Hurry, Here’s How to Get TSA PreCheck Before the Next Government Shutdown

Brace yourselves: The government shutdown will start up again in
T-6 days if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement on funding for a
wall along the southwest border of the US. On Feb. 15, temporary
funding expires for the federal agencies affected by the shutdown.
During the last shutdown, which lasted a historic 34 days, hundreds
of TSA agents called out sick to protest work without pay. While
most airports experienced
little to no delays in security wait times
, others were

forced to close multiple security lanes
, which resulted in wait
times of more than an hour in some cases.

Passengers flying from Miami International Airport wait in line to enter the checkpoint at Concourse F, where some of the flights of a closed terminal were diverted, in Miami, Florida, on January 13, 2019. - Operations at Concourse G were shut down during the weekend due to a shortage of security agents sparked by the partial US government shutdown. (Photo by Leila MACOR / AFP) (Photo credit should read LEILA MACOR/AFP/Getty Images)Photo
by LEILA MACOR/AFP/Getty Images

With less than a week left until the next potential shutdown,
there are a few last-minute steps you can take to prepare for the
travel nightmares that may ensue:

Apply for TSA PreCheck ASAP

Getting TSA PreCheck is a straight-forward process that will
expedite your security wait. Applicants will need to fill out an
online form and schedule an in-person interview at an airport, a
participating Staples store or other local participating locations
may be available. There is also an option to forgo a specified
appointment time and simply just walk in. Once the interview is
complete, the applicant will need to wait until their submission is
approved to receive their known traveler number (KTN) via
email.

TSA PreCheck at a participating Staples location.TSA
PreCheck at a participating Staples location. (Photo by Danielle
Vito)

To test out the current turn-around time for approval, we sent a
PreCheck-less traveler to Staples for a walk-in interview
on Monday, Feb. 4. He completed his ten-minute interview
at 7:30pm. The Staples employee mentioned that the process could
take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, but approval could happen in less
than a week. By Thursday, Feb. 7, just three days later, our
PreCheck guinea pig received an email at 11:30pm with his
KTN.

If you are interested in finding out more about TSA PreCheck,
here is our
guide
 for everything you need to know.

Download the MyTSA App

You can see recently reported wait times via the
TSA’s MyTSA mobile
app
 found in both major app stores. The handy app not only
reports on wait times but offers other useful information such as
delay information, weather conditions and a searchable database
of items you can bring with you through security checkpoints onto
the airplane.

Monitor Your Airport’s
Website

Nowadays, many airports report the current wait time right on
their websites.

Monitor the website of your departing airport in the hours
leading up to your flight. You may get stuck in a long line, but at
least you’ll be prepared and be able to allow yourself enough
time to get through security without panic.

Bottom Line

If you don’t already have TSA PreCheck, now is the time to get
it. With the potential shutdown quickly approaching, we suggest
scheduling (or walking in) to your nearest location by Tuesday, at
the latest. While we can’t guarantee the three-day turnaround
that our test subject saw, it’s definitely worth a shot. The $85
fee (which is
waived by these credit cards
) is an investment that will save
you time and frustration for the next five years.

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
Hurry, Here’s How to Get TSA PreCheck Before the Next Government Shutdown