Waiting in lengthy airport security lines could be a thing of the past, thanks to TSA PreCheck. This month, residents can enroll for TSA PreCheck at the Westchester County Airport during a special pop-up. The convenient traveler program was first introduced to provide low-risk travelers with a painless airport experience back in 2011.
Westchester County Airport (HPN) will be working with the TSA and security company, IDEMIA, to offer Westchester travelers the opportunity to locally enroll in the PreCheck program. The five-day enrollment period will be from Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31, with two time slots between 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is all happening in the terminal arrivals near the baggage claim carousel.
“Bringing the PreCheck enrollment process up here to local residents is a benefit to all Westchester travelers who don’t have the time or extra resources to go down to JFK and back just to go through the enrollment process. I encourage all residents to consider taking advantage of this great limited-time opportunity to save time and stress,” says Westchester County Executive, George Latimer.
Those who acquire the TSA PreCheck will save precious traveling time by cutting down on one of the airport’s biggest inconveniences: long security lines. Enrolled travelers don’t have to remove their shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, and light jackets when going through separate TSA lines.
In January 2023, 92 percent of the nation’s TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes waiting to be screened, according to the TSA. Now, that’s the kind of airport trip we are looking for!
As for what to expect, the in-person enrollment at Westchester County Airport requires that applicants provide proof of identity and citizenship, fingerprints, and a photo. Enrollment costs $78, and those who are approved will receive a five-year membership with the program.
Approved TSA applicants will receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) roughly three to five days following the enrollment. Scheduling an appointment in advance is not required but is strongly suggested.
To find other enrollment centers near you, visit the TSA Enrollment Locator website. In Westchester, permanent locations for TSA PreCheck enrollment can be found in White Plains and Yonkers.
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