Lowering the TSA PreCheck enrollment fee and simplifying the application process would motivate an additional 7 million people to enroll in the program, according to the U.S. Travel Association. 

It currently costs $85 to apply for PreCheck, after which respondents must complete a two-step online and in-person application process. 

A survey by U.S. Travel found that about half of domestic air travelers in the U.S. who have flown at least once in the last year and are unlikely to join PreCheck cited the $85 enrollment fee as being too high; 21% of those respondents indicated they would be more likely to join if the price were reduced to $60. 

About 20% of those who are unlikely to join also said that the two-step application process was too complicated. More than half of those respondents claimed they would be more likely to enroll if the application could be done entirely online or on mobile devices. 

The study, conducted with market research firm TNS, found that just over 20% of all respondents not currently enrolled in PreCheck are likely to enroll. 

U.S. Travel said the results of the study indicate that Department of Homeland Security’s goal of enrolling 25 million air travelers in all of its trusted-traveler programs (TSA PreCheck and Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry) is “therefore plausible with some modifications to TSA PreCheck.”


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