TSA opens PreCheck office in Charleston

Staff Report
Published Feb. 26, 2014

Some travelers will soon be able to go through security at the Charleston International Airport with their shoes and belts on and laptops inside their cases.

The change is part of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, an expedited screening program for preapproved, low-risk travelers.

S.C. PreCheck Application airports and airlines:

Charleston International Airport

  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

Source: Transportation Security Administration.

Travelers have to go through an application and verification process. The new enrollment center for PreCheck applicants opened Wednesday in Charleston. If approved, PreCheck enables quick transit through the airport, shorter lines and shorter wait times for travelers.

The PreCheck program is currently available at 115 airports nationwide. In South Carolina, the Charleston International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport all have PreCheck capabilities.

TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

Approved applicants can leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts; keep their laptops in their cases; and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids and gels bag in a carry-on bag during security, according to TSA. TSA can still perform random security screenings for PreCheck travelers.

The temporary enrollment center is at the Coastal Glass Business Center at 3025 Ashley Phosphate Road, Unit B2-B in North Charleston. It will operate there until March 16.

The permanent enrollment center will open March 17 at 1954 Ashley River Road in Charleston. Applicants can call 855-347-8371, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for more information.

Depending on the airport, TSA PreCheck may be available full time or during peak times.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can pre-enroll online, make an appointment and complete enrollment at the application center to verify their identity, present documentation to confirm their citizenship or immigration status and provide fingerprints.

The TSA was created after September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems. Today, TSA has around 50,000 employees who screen about 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide.

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