RDU's TSA pre-check makes flying easier

Posted December 3, 2015 5:15 p.m. EST

— The Raleigh-Durham International Airport became the 36th airport nationwide to offer a TSA pre-check enrollment office that can help travelers sign up to avoid long security lines.

Getting through security checkpoints can add extra time onto travelers’ already hectic schedules.

“You come here on a Monday morning and if you’re not in pre-check, you’re going to be here a long time,” said traveler Michael Haglund.

The TSA’s pre-check program started years ago, but until recently, there had never been an office at RDU.

“Having it here will help a lot of people,” said Haglund.

To enroll, travelers must make an appointment, either online or in person. They will need to bring a government-issued ID, like a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate and will be fingerprinted and screened when they arrive.

“There’s a thorough background check to make sure you’re not on a terrorist watch list, for instance,” said Sari Kashetz with Homeland Security.

Nearly two million people have already enrolled in the program.

“You get to keep your shoes on, you get to keep your belt on, and keep your computer in its bag. It helps expedite the screening,” said RDU airport authority CEO Michael Landguth.

The program costs $85 and lasts for five years. If people want to have pre-check status before taking to the skies for the holidays, they should allow 10 days to complete the process.

RDU’s TSA pre-check office is located in terminal two on the lower level near the baggage carousel.