Travel Tip of the Week: Make Sure You Add Your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to Your Reservation for TSA Pre

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Pretty much all domestic and many international airlines are now enrolled in the TSA Pre program. It helps passengers to ease the way through security as you don’t have to take your shoes off anymore, you can wear a lighter outer jacket and leave your laptop in your bags.
TSA Pre worked out for me so far pretty well but it is still a system with many issues. Like when they scan the boarding pass and see that you are TSA Pre-check, but there is no TSA Pre logo printed on the boarding pass. What difference does it make? None! But TSA hasn’t figured that out yet.

At some airports, you still have to stand in line if you are getting there early in the morning as the TSA Pre crew likes to sleep in and doesn’t open as early as the regular checkpoint. This happened to me at DFW. Lucky that there were not many people yet at the security checkpoint and that’s on what TSA probably counts on. But still, you have to take your shoes off and so on.

Anyway, enough with the complaining.

This week’s tip: Make sure you add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your reservation. The best and smartest way is by adding it to your profile with the airline. This way the airline will use your saved number every time you make a reservation and you don’t have to worry about it.

But some airlines don’t have a way yet to add this number to the reservation online. In my case, I have an upcoming flight on Cathay Pacific and they recently enrolled in TSA Pre. However, there is no way to add the KTN to my profile online.

I called the airline and the agent was able to add it in no time. You can add the number as late as during check in at the airport. TSA Pre-check is a great benefit to have and I love it. It saved me so much time of standing in line for security.

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