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A United perk at DIA: Get TSA PreCheck without making an appointment

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United travelers can enroll for TSA PreCheck without an appointment at DIA.Photo byDenver International Airport

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) The security wait lines at Denver International Airport have been extra long this summer as the airport continues to shatter records with its passenger counts.

Those who don’t have TSA PreCheck can get through security quicker by making reservations through the new DEN Reserve system up to three days before a flight. The program debuted this summer and has become popular and books up quickly, especially as carriers remind passengers of it when they check-in for flights.

Now, if you want the perks of expediting screening that comes with TSA PreCheck, you’ve got an option to enroll for the program at DIA without having to make an appointment — if you’re flying United, DIA’s largest carrier.

All ticketed United Airlines travelers flying in and out of Denver can now enroll in TSA PreCheck without the scheduled appointment. The process takes about five minutes, and most passengers will receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) within three to five days, which means you could use PreCheck on your return flight.

The TSA PreCheck enrollment provided by IDEMIA costs $78, which covers five years of participation. United MileagePlus members can use 11,000 miles to cover the $78 application fee.

The enrollment opportunity is available to ticketed travelers until Oct. 6. The enrollment center is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Concourse B between gates B18 and B20.

You’ll need a government-issued photo ID and proof of citizenship (like a passport or birth certificate) or proof of lawful permanent residency to apply.

According to the TSA, 99 percent of travelers who have PreCheck get through security in under 10 minutes. With PreCheck, you don’t have to remove your shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, or light jackets.

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