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TSA precheck screening process planned for Arnold Palmer airport

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township

Frequent airline travelers have the opportunity to avoid the long baggage security checkpoints at busy airports by undergoing a prescreening security check by the Transportation Security Administration at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe this week.

The TSA will conduct the precheck security screenings for travelers from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Monday and continuing through Friday, said Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority. Those who pass the prescreening can obtain a Known Traveler Number for use whenever they book travel.

The Known Traveler Number fee is $85 and will remain valid for five years, Monzo said.

Of those who became part of the expedited screening program, 93 percent waited five minutes or less in February to go through the security checkpoint, the TSA said. They did not have to remove their shoes, belt and jacket, according to the TSA.

Those interested in obtaining the precheck security clearance should go to a TSA website,, to register for the screening at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Monzo said. Those seeking the pre-check screening who do not register may have long waits, Monzo said.

The pre-enrollment process takes about 10 minutes to complete, and then a traveler can schedule an appointment at the airport in Unity. At the airport, those seeking the precheck security clearance complete the five-minute fingerprinting process and submit for a background check, the TSA said. They must have proof of U.S. citizenship — a passport or birth certificate with a raised seal, and a driver's license, the TSA said.

The TSA has a permanent enrollment center at Pittsburgh International Airport, said Michael England, a TSA spokesman. He said he did not have estimates on the number of travelers who have undergone the precheck security clearance at the Pittsburgh airport.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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