FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — More people are traveling as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, leading some airports to report longer wait times as travelers go through security checkpoints.
According to AAA, the increase in travel has caused a surge in demand for TSA PreCheck certification, the expedited screening process which allows travelers to pay a one-time fee of $85 for credentials they can use for five years.
TSA has screened over one million travelers daily since early March, and the numbers continue to rise.
“We saw just a few days ago, more than two million passengers through TSA checkpoints, that’s about just shy of 75% of what we were pre-pandemic, so lots of travelers going through those checkpoints,” said Martha Meade, public and government affairs manager, AAA Mid-Atlantic.
WDVM reached out to a TSA official who explained PreCheck enrollment has increased significantly this year but it still hasn’t met pre-pandemic levels.
AAA and Identogo PreCheck are holding a pop-up event in Fairfax County June 28-July 1, to help residents get TSA PreCheck credentials. Masks are required inside the pop-trailer and you’ll need to bring proof of identity and citizenship. AAA said the best documentation to bring is a passport.
Appointments are still available online here.