NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Lines at airport security check points in the United States have been longer than ever due to an increase in travelers and an insufficient number of screeners.
The Transportation Safety Administration says the best way to avoid the long wait is to use TSA Pre-Check, an expedited screening process, for domestic travel.
"You go through much quicker. You don't have to take your shoes off, you don't have to take your coat off, you don't have to take your laptop out of your briefcase, so the lines move quicker," said Charles Carroll, SVP, MorphotrustUSA.
The first step is to enroll.
"Go to IDENTOGO.COM, fill out the registration and schedule an appointment. It can be anywhere from three days to 30 days (before you are scheduled)," said Carroll.
Enrollment centers are located across the city and the process which includes taking biometric information takes less than four minutes.
Once that happens, it takes another three to 10 days for the TSA to run a background check which includes bouncing your name and critical information off every terror list that exists.
"Less risk, less screening," said Carroll.
A KTN (Known Traveler Number) is sent to you once you're officially enrolled. Travelers then supply that number to their airline carrier.
"Every time you travel, your ticket will say 'TSA Pre-Check' across the top," said Carroll.
Children under 12 are included in their parent's TSA Pre-Check.
There is an $85 fee and enrollment lasts five years before you must be re-screened.
The TSA says as more people travel during the summer season they also plan to add more checkpoint lanes to help alleviate the long waits.