Portland, ME - The Transportation Security Administration has begun processing applications at its UES Enrollment Center on Lancaster Street in downtown Portland says a TSA spokesperson earlier this week. TSA Pre✓™ helps strengthen security by identifying low-risk individuals through pre-screening. This allows TSA to focus resources on travelers about whom we know less, while providing the most effective security in the most efficient way.
Passengers who have been issued a Known Traveler Number (KTN) by TSA or CBP have generally undergone a vetting process or background check as part of their employment or via a DHS Trusted Traveler program. Since TSA knows more about these passengers they are more likely to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™ screening more often than passengers the agency knows less about. TSA and the majority of the TSA Pre✓™ participating airlines have invited certain frequent flyers to “opt-in” to participate in TSA Pre✓™. These passengers’ can expect to receive TSA Pre✓™ screening more often than passengers who have not been invited to participate, but less often than those who have been assigned a KTN.
Passengers who are deemed eligible for TSA Pre✓™ via one of these two TSA initiatives will receive TSA Pre✓™ screening on a flight-by-flight basis and should not expect it each time they fly.
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