Dec 8, 2023 - News

Charlotte Douglas International Airport to host TSA PreCheck registration event

CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 28: Planes are seen at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on December 28, 2022 in Charlotte, United States. The holiday travel period has been plagued by a winter storm and thousands of delayed and cancelled flights. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is having a pop-up TSA PreCheck registration event Dec. 11-15.

Details: The event is for new applicants. It will take place from 9am until noon and 1-5pm daily near Door 1 and Checkpoint A. Appointments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • TSA PreCheck costs $78 for new applicants and is good for five years.
  • You can start the application online.

Why it matters: TSA PreCheck offers expedited screening that helps you avoid long security lines at the airport.

  • It means you can go through security without removing your shoes, a light jacket or a belt. You can also leave your laptops and liquids in your bag.

State of play: Charlotte continues to get busier. Nine of the airport’s 10 busiest days ever for front door traffic (people who went through security at the airport) occurred this year, TSA spokesperson Mark Howell tells Axios.

  • Airport officials warned security wait times could reach 45 minutes during Thanksgiving travel, even with a newly renovated checkpoint to speed up security.
  • TSA PreCheck is located at Checkpoint C, which is open from 3:30am – 9:15pm.
  • You can check estimated security wait times here or on the airport’s app.

Our thought bubble: Many members of our team have TSA PreCheck. Some consider it the best travel investment they’ve ever made, while others describe it as what has helped them make rather than miss a flight.

  • I don’t have TSA PreCheck, but every time I travel through Orlando, gosh, I wish I did.

[Related story: Charlotte Douglas International Airport: Hours of operation]

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