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.
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.”