TAMPA — Fliers are getting more options to move more quickly through security at Tampa International Airport. The latest option is the Transportation Security Administration's new "precheck" center which just opened in the airport.
The TSA's precheck program lets travelers undergo background checks in advance of their flights. Fliers who join the precheck program become qualified to use expedited screening lines at the airport without taking off their belts or opening their carry-ons.
One way to join the program is to enroll in person. Applicants can do that at TIA's precheck application center on the ground floor of the main terminal at red baggage claim, near belt 13. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to join. The pre-enrollment process starts online at www.tsa.gov. Then the applicant has to make an appointment at the application center to complete their enrollment in person. That's where they will have to submit proof of identity, proof of citizenship or immigration status, and submit fingerprints.
The airport site is Tampa's second precheck office. The first opened in March at the Tampa Festival Centre at 2525 E Hillsborough Ave., Suite 203. That office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anyone with questions about using either precheck office should call the Universal Enrollment Call Center at 1-855-347-8371 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.