August 9, 2016

By: Festiva Getaways

Fly and Keep Your Shoes On

Oy vey, the things you have to remember just to get on a plane. I mean, of course there’s the packing and tying a string around your finger before you go to bed so you remember to pack your toothbrush after you use it the morning you leave. But then when you get to the airport there’s remembering to take off your shoes, remove all the metal from your pockets, take your laptop out of your carry-on bag, etc.

And all of those hoops easily tack a couple of hours on to your travel time.

Which is why it’s so very worth it to sign up for the TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program. Truly, membership has its privileges with this program. Skip the line of weary travelers and sail through a separate line reserved for pre-screened travelers. You won’t have to deal with removing your shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts.

And for our Myrtle Beach readers, there’s an extra special bonus from the TSA. They’ll be hosting a local enrollment event at the Myrtle Beach International Airport Monday, September 12, 2016 through Friday, September 16, 2016.

Applying for the TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, pre-enroll by simply visiting the TSA website.  Then click on "Pre-Enroll". You’ll see an "Apply Now" button that will take you to the application, a quick and easy 9 step process. Once you arrive at step 8, type in your location, Myrtle Beach, and then be sure to choose Myrtle Beach International Airport. And Step 9 gives you the option to select an appointment time to give you a taste of what skipping long lines is like.

When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation. If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID. If not, then a birth certificate and your driver’s license will fit the bill perfectly.

During your appointment, they’ll take your fingerprints for a background check and collect the $85 application fee for five years of service.  The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

And that’s it! You’ll be treated to shorter lines at 167 U.S. airports, including Atlanta. And let’s face it, if you’re going somewhere in America, you’re more than likely going to connect through Atlanta.