Interest in the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Pre✓® program has been so strong that the program is now available at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) during peak hours.
Travelers who are enrolled in TSA Pre✓® or one of the other trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS are permitted to keep on their shoes, belts and light outerwear jacket, and they can leave their laptops and liquid 3-1-1 bags inside their carry-on bags when they go through the checkpoint while the program is being run. Wait times are typically five minutes or less.
Local travelers who are not yet enrolled in the program can look for a location to enroll at https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=11115V&service=pre-enroll. A special on-site enrollment event will be held at Asheville Regional Airport in late March, and details will be available soon about how to sign up for this event.
Enrollment must be completed in-person at the TSA Pre✓® application center. The application fee is $85 and is good for five years. It can be paid at the time of your appointment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Enrollees will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. And fingerprints are collected during the in-person enrollment session.
After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few days that is valid for five years. The enrollee should enter the provided KTN in the "Known Traveler Number" field when booking airline reservations. The KTN can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making your reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered and saved in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations made directly from your profile.
More than 200 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and more than 56 airlines participate in the program including American, Delta and United. You may also be able to use your TSA Pre✓® privileges at your destination airport on your return journey to AVL.
The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.
Asheville Regional Airport was named as the second fastest growing airport in the country by Bloomberg News in 2018, and the growth is continuing. With 29 consecutive months of passenger growth, and thirteen consecutive months of double-digit growth, AVL has moved comfortably into the small-hub category of airports in the U.S.