TSA PreCheck is a government-based program that will allow a traveler the opportunity to pass through an accelerated inspection at certain United States airports. Currently, there are over 7 million members who are taking advantage of the TSA PreCheck program.

How the Program Works

TSA PreCheck was made to speed up the inspection process of qualified travelers through security points that could become crowded when passengers accumulate to board a flight. According to the Transportation Security Administration website, an astonishing 93% of TSA PreCheck members waited less than five minutes to go through security lines and checkpoints.

In order to become a PreCheck member, individuals will need to:

  1. Submit an online application – The application takes approximately five minutes to complete and will also require the applicant to schedule an interview appointment.
  2. Conduct a background check – Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will need to go for an in-person background check that includes fingerprinting.
  3. Enjoy benefits – Once the application has been approved, the approved member will need to add his or her Known Traveler Number to the traveling ticket for benefits.

Program Benefits

If a traveler qualifies for PreCheck benefits, he or she ease through checkpoints without removing his or her:

  • Shoes
  • Laptop from bag
  • Liquids or gels from a carry-on
  • Lightweight jackets or outerwear
  • Belts

Program Eligibility

In order to qualify for the TSA PreCheck program, applicant must meet certain requirements. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Being a U.S. Citizen
  • Being a lawful permanent resident
  • Have not been convicted of a certain crime

Application Denials

Unfortunately, some applicants may be denied the opportunity to become a TSA PreCheck member, even if he or she meets the basic requirements. Application denials can be based on various factors that may include the following:

  • Open warrants,
  • Disqualifying felony convictions,
  • Incorrect personal information, or
  • An incomplete application

If an application denial has been received, there is an opportunity to contest the rejection. In order to appeal, it is important to make sure that the disqualifying factor has not only been identified, but has also been resolved.

If Your Application Has Been Denied, Seek the Legal Support of a Qualified Attorney

If you are a frequent flyer, you are likely considering becoming a member of the TSA PreCheck program. The benefits will not only save you time, it can also help to ease added stressors and other burdens of flying. If your application has been denied, you should know that you could appeal the decision. Seek the legal advice of a qualified attorney who can help to give your application the best chance at being approved. Additionally, a skilled attorney can help you obtain important documents that will support your case.

The attorneys at the Brett O’Brien Law, LLC are highly skilled in the field of TSA PreCheck denials. The firm is dedicated to helping frequent flyers obtain membership when their TSA PreCheck application has been denied. Denied applications are not always overturned; in effort of securing an approved application, obtain the professional support of an experienced attorney.

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