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TSA TRAVELER — The Transportation Security Administration remains committed to the health and safety of its frontline workers and airline travelers. As you begin traveling once again, you may notice a few changes to airport screening procedures designed to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Passenger airline traffic has been slowly rising in recent months at Daytona Beach International Airport — DAB in airport lingo — although it’s still well below pre-pandemic levels.

With the increasing passenger counts, which are sure to climb even higher once American Airlines begins daily flights to Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worth in December, the federal Transportation Security Administration wants to make travel a little easier.

Another TSA Precheck enrollment event is coming to Daytona Beach International later this month. The event will run 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 12-16, in the baggage claim area.

Precheck gives participating flyers a more efficient airport screening process by leaving on shoes, light jackets and belts, and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

“While security lines at DAB are traditionally very fast, TSA Precheck makes the process that much easier, especially for the return flight back to DAB,” said Joanne Magley, the airport’s marketing and customer-experience director. “Enrolling in TSA Precheck only takes a few minutes and significantly enhances travelers’ experience when using TSA checkpoints around the country.”

Applicants should pre-enroll at www.tsa.gov/precheck. When enrolling, enter “Daytona Beach, FL” as the location, and choose Daytona Beach International Airport.

During the on-site enrollment at DAB, applicants will be fingerprinted for a background check. The $85 application fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Due to COVID-19, applicants are required to wear face coverings during the appointments and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

To complete the on-site process, applicants must bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation, such as a U.S. passport or a birth certificate and a driver’s license. For specifics of required documentation, visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/programs/precheck.

Successful applicants will receive a known traveler number (KTN) via U.S. mail within 45 days that is valid for five years. The enrollee would enter the KTN in the “known traveler number” field when booking travel reservations through a participating airline website, phone call to the airline reservation center, or with a travel management company making reservations. The KTN also can be entered in participating airline frequent-flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.

More than 200 airports, including Daytona Beach International, participate in the TSA Precheck program nationwide. Fifty-three airlines participate in the program.

For more information, contact Terminal Manager Pat O’Brien at 386-248-8030, ext. 18318. To learn more about TSA Precheck, visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck. For more information about DAB, visit www.flydab.com.