ILM to offer faster pre-flight security check program

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As peak tourist season nears, Wilmington International Airport, along with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is offering a program that will expedite pre-flight security checks while maintaining safety.

The TSA Pre✓™ program is in place in Wilmington for area residents who want to enroll in advance of airline travel to avoid wait time at airports.

An enrollment center is located at IdentoGO, 2632 Carolina Beach Road, #4, in the Shipyard Medical Center, and is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

More than 2,600 travelers have signed up at the local office, according to a release from ILM.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can go through a pre-enrollment process online, as well as make an appointment, before completing their enrollment at the center. Applicants will need to provide documentation to confirm their citizenship or immigration status as well as provide fingerprints. The cost is $85 for five years.

Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓™ lanes at security checkpoints at ILM and more than 130 participating airports on the following airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

ILM travelers in the program will be able to leave on their shoes, belt and light outer jacket, keep laptops in their cases and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule stipulates that liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and must be packed in one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag and limited to one bag per passenger.

Members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program (Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI) already pre-qualify for TSA Pre✓® and can utilize their PASSID as their KTN.

Passengers are encouraged to save their KTN into each frequent flyer profile. Additionally, those who purchase their tickets via a third-party website or travel agency should enter their KTN each time they make a reservation.