Key mistakes to avoid when traveling with TSA PreCheck

traveling with TSA PreCheck

Here are some key mistakes to avoid when traveling with TSA PreCheck:

  • Not adding your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservation.

    • This is the most common mistake people make. Your KTN is a unique identifier that allows you to use the TSA PreCheck lanes. You can add your KTN to your reservation when you book your flight, or you can do it later by logging into your airline’s website or app.
  • Not checking your boarding pass for the TSA PreCheck indicator. 

    • Once you’ve added your KTN to your reservation, the airline should display a TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass. If you don’t see the indicator, your reservation may not have been properly linked to your KTN.
  • Bringing prohibited items.

    •  Even if you have TSA PreCheck, you’re still not allowed to bring prohibited items through security. This includes things like knives, guns, and explosives.
  • Wearing bulky clothing. 

    • You’ll need to remove your shoes, belt, and jacket in the TSA PreCheck lane. If you’re wearing bulky clothing, it will make the process more difficult.
  • Not being prepared for additional screening. 

    • In rare cases, you may be selected for additional screening even if you have TSA PreCheck. This is usually because the TSA has concerns about your luggage or your behavior. Be prepared to cooperate with the TSA officer and answer their questions.

Here are some additional tips for avoiding mistakes when traveling with TSA PreCheck:

  • Arrive at the airport early. This will give you plenty of time to check in, go through security, and find your gate.
  • Be patient. Even with TSA PreCheck, there may be some lines.
  • Be polite and cooperative with the TSA officers. They’re just doing their job.

By following these tips, you can avoid making mistakes and ensure a smooth and efficient trip through the airport.

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