Get in the fast lane: TSA PreCheck pop-up enrollment coming to JAC

Applications for enrollment in this 4-day even are no longer being accepted. The program has sold out of all spaces. Airport authorities are hopeful to bring it back again soon.

JACKSON, Wyo. — The opportunity to enroll in TSA PreCheck is coming to Jackson.

For a few years after its launch in 2011, many bedraggled flyers watched in envy as their savvy fellow travelers breezed through security in a dedicated line without even removing their shoes. How can this be, the uninformed all wondered?

The popular expedited screening program now boasts well over 9 million travelers who enjoy the convenience of a smarter and more efficient screening experience. For TSA PreCheck-eligible travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, travel size liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts during the screening process. Currently, TSA PreCheck is available at more than 200 airports nationwide, including Jackson Hole Airport.

One barrier to entry has been the limited number of enrollment centers—about 400, currently. The closest to Jackson is one in Idaho Falls. But now, thanks to the pop-up center at the Jackson Hole Airport coming February 10-14, enrollment has never been easier.

Here’s what you’ll need to know and bring

You can get the ball rolling online, but a personal appearance at an enrollment center is mandatory.

To get in on the JH Airport temporary enrollment offer start by visiting the secure website offered by IdentoGO. Select “Start Application Now.” Follow the online prompts, enter the requested information and finally select “JAC, 2/10-2/14” as the enrollment location.

While walk-ins are accepted, applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the enrollment process online and make an appointment for the in-person visit. Consider it the PreCheck to the PreCheck application process in order to breeze through when you get to the airport.

You will complete the application process by appearing at the airport during the scheduled times (February 10-14 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. each day at the JH Airport Board Room). Applicants must bring a current U.S. passport or a driver license and a certified copy of a birth certificate. Fingerprints will be collected during enrollment.

The enrollment fee is $85, which covers a five-year period. The fee must be paid at the time of enrollment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check.

Fast facts

In 2019, on average, 93% of travelers eligible for TSA PreCheck waited five minutes or less to be screened through security checkpoints at airports nationwide. Another benefit of the program is that children 12 and under are permitted to use the TSA PreCheck lane when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian on the same itinerary.

To date, 73 airlines, including domestic and international carriers, participate in TSA PreCheck. All airlines serving Jackson Hole Airport participate in TSA PreCheck.

A similar pop-up TSA PreCheck enrollment center is also being offered at Bozeman-Yellowstone International (BZN), Montana from Jan. 20-Feb. 7; Great Falls (GTF), Montana from Feb. 10-14; and Fort Collins (AAA), Colorado from Jan. 20-24.

FAQ 

Probably the most common question asked concerning TSA PreCheck for those already enrolled is “Why does my boarding pass sometimes show I am not TSA PreChecked when I am, in fact, enrolled and approved?”

Quite simply, being enrolled in the program does not guarantee an air traveler will always be cleared for TSA PreCheck. It’s part of the fine print when enrolling, but the Transportation Security Administration does apply periodical random TSA PreCheck status on a flight-by-flight basis and has numerous reasons and factors that go into this determination. So, what could end up happening is TSA PreCheck may appear for only part of your journey or only some members of your party. This is 100 percent a determination made by the TSA and not your airline.

Another frustration with the program is why a TSA PreCheck lane has sometimes not been made available at certain airports at certain times.

JH Airport Assistant Airport Director of Security Aimee Crook explained that the expedited TSA Pre lane is in use during peak periods, mainly—the early morning and early afternoon rush for flights out, typically. She added that the airport has also begun experimenting with a blended lane, which will allow the airport to provide TSA PreCheck screening to confirmed passengers even though the dedicated PreCheck lane is not open.

Finally, some savvy air travelers opt for a similar expedited screening process called Global Entry. It is another option. The biggest difference between TSA PreCheck and Global Entry is that while both expedite security screenings at domestic airports, only Global Entry expedites entry back into the U.S. after international flights.

Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year term.

Any further questions should be directed to Aimee Crook via email or by phone at (307) 733-7695.

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