Fly through security


Charleston International Airport passengers now have the option to fly through the securtity screening checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration announced this week that it is opening a TSA Pre?™ application center in Charleston. TSA Pre?™ is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on bag.

But there is a price.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents must go through a pre-enrollment process online at and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.

The TSA Pre?™ application center in Charleston is at Coastal Glass Business Center, 3025 Ashley Phosphate Road, Unit B2-B in North Charleston until March 16. Beginning March 17, the Universal Enrollment Center will be in its permanent location at 1954 Ashley River Road in Charleston. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to use TSA Pre?™ lanes at security checkpoints at more than 115 participating airports on nine major U.S. airlines including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. (Airlines in bold fly in and out of CHS)

Members of the military can use their Department of Defense-issued identification cards instead of a KTN to use TSA Pre?™ lanes at security checkpoints.

“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA Pre?™ benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” “TSA Pre?™ is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.

TSA Pre?™ lines at Charleston International Airport are open during peak travel hours, which vary by day. However, “TSA Pre?™ passengers will receive expedited screening when “TSA Pre?™ lines are closed.

“TSA Pre?™ is in high demand among Charleston International Airport’s business and leisure travelers,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates Charleston International and two other Lowcountry airports. “We look forward to the enhanced customer experience that this service will provide our passengers.”

Applicants with questions can contact the Universal Enrollment Call Center at 1-855-347-8371 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

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