Apply for TSA PreCheck and skip long lines before boarding your next flight. A TSA PreCheck status allows flight passengers access to airport fast pass lanes. TSA fast pass lanes are less stringent and do not require that each person remove personal items or submit to a body scan. To apply for TSA PreCheck approval, complete an online application (available through the Transportation Security Administration) or set a TSA PreCheck appointment. Travelers must complete a TSA PreCheck interview prior to approval. In the event that a passenger does not meet the TSA PreCheck requirements, his or her application will be denied. However, denied travelers do have options for appealing the decision. To find out more your TSA PreCheck status following a denial, read the sections outlined below.
- Disqualifying offenses for denial
- How to appeal your denial
TSA PreCheck Disqualifying Offenses
Travelers applying for the TSA PreCheck program who have been convicted of certain crimes are automatically disqualified from receiving airport PreCheck status. Information used to garner whether or not the passenger who submits a TSA PreCheck application has committed a disqualifying offense is gathered from TSA records. Additional sources of information used to check for disqualifying offenses include:
- Various international organizations.
- Terrorist watch lists.
- Other government databases.
A traveler's TSA PreCheck status may still be disqualified if he or she has convictions in countries outside the United States. The Transportation Security Administration has set criteria that distinguish between permanent disqualifying offenses and temporary disqualifying offenses regarding TSA PreCheck eligibility. Permanent disqualifying offenses include (but are not limited to):
- Espionage/conspiracy to commit espionage.
- Sedition/conspiracy to commit sedition.
- Treason/conspiracy to commit treason.
- Crimes involving a TSI (transportation security incident involving significant loss of life).
- Improper transportation of hazardous materials.
Other serious crimes such as extortion, bribery and smuggling may result in temporary disqualifications from TSA PreCheck status that can last up to seven years. Additionally, airport PreCheck applicants with warrants or indictments on their records, for any crimes considered disqualifying offenses, must first get the warrant released or the indictment dismissed before applying for TSA PreCheck screening.
How to Appeal TSA PreCheck Application Denial
TSA PreCheck screenings allow trusted passengers to skip the stringent security checks at airports in favor of less invasive procedures. However, passengers who apply for TSA PreCheck status are not guaranteed approval. Airport PreCheck applicants who receive a letter of denial from the Transportation Security Administration will have one or more disqualifying offenses on their records, whether in the U.S. or another country. TSA PreCheck denials can be appealed, though. To appeal a TSA PreCheck denial, contact the TSA PreCheck enrollment center where the TSA PreCheck application was originally submitted. Once a TSA officer is present, request an appeal of the decision and present all relevant evidence to support a decision reversal. TSA PreCheck appeals may take some time; therefore contact a TSA PreCheck enrollment center upon receiving your letter of denial to begin the decision reversal process.