GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – The Transportation Security Administration is opening an additional, temporary office in the Denver metro area to accommodate increased demand for its Pre-Check program.
The expedited security screening program allows members to get through the security checkpoint faster and with fewer steps.
In one of 15 temporary enrollment centers opening across the country this summer, TSA will open a temporary center inside the Hyatt Place Denver Cherry Creek on Colorado Boulevard & Mississippi Ave. in Glendale from Tuesday Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 6. Click here for the temporary enrollment center hours.
TSA officials are asking people to pre-enroll online in advance to avoid a walk-in wait.
To sign up for an appointment, click here.
Officials said the wait to get in to permanent enrollment centers in Lakewood and Thornton was 45 days.
Denver International Airport officials said the airport has seen record-breaking numbers of passengers for what is now looking like 10 months in a row.
Since spring, passengers at times have waited an hour or more to get through security.
“Sometimes it’s not that bad, but a lot of times it’s really inconvenient,” said Kim Breuer, a frequent flyer at DIA. “You know, when you’ve got a short time and you’ve got to take all of that off, put it all back on, it’s kind of a pain.”
Breur hopes to cut down on the wait and the hassle with his enrollment for TSA Pre-Check.
Pre-Check members do not have to take off shoes, belts or light jackets, nor do they need to pull out laptops and liquids from their bags.
“I don’t like to have to take off my shoes or do any of that stuff, so this is a lazier way to go,” said Coleen Peterson, a passenger who is enrolled in the program.
Pre-Check enrollment doubled in just a month, growing from 8,000 enrollments per day in April, to 16,000 enrollments per day in May.
The cost for a 5-year TSA pre-check membership is $85.