I recently interviewed for a job that would involve some travel, and I decided if I was hired I would apply for a Known Travelers Number for TSA Pre-Check. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job but I decided to apply for a KTN anyway. Even without the job, I'll be flying at least three times this year alone (or six flights / trips through airport security) so it seemed worth it.
I wasn’t really sure what was involved, and as is my nature, I was very nervous. But it was really easy. First, I filled out the pre-application on-line and then booked my in-person appointment. I’m happy to say that the staff at the Application Center could not have been nicer. We simply went over the information I had submitted and they checked my passport. Then they took my fingerprints electronically. We laughed a bit when I admitted that I had expected ink pads and paper, like in the ‘70s cop dramas. Maybe I need to remember it’s 2016 and almost everything is done with computers these days.
Anyway, my clean, ink-free fingertips and I were finished in about 10 minutes or so. Once I paid my $85 fee, I was given a receipt with an id number so I could check on-line and see where my status stood. I was told I should see my KTN on-line in about a week and receive a confirmation in the mail in about a month. For me, who is a total goodie two shoes, my KTN was assigned by the following day!
Life with diabetes is full of hassles. For me, spending the $85 for 5 years of TSA Pre-Check is well worth the (hopefully) reduction in travel hassles it will bring. I’m excited to fly without being groped by a stranger first!