If you haven’t signed up for PreCheck, the government’s pre-screening program aimed at shortening your wait at airport security, there’s a novel new place and time to do it: a music festival.
If you’re headed to the Watershed country-music festival this weekend or next at The Gorge, in George, Grant County, you can bring along proper identification and the customary $85 fee and sign up for PreCheck from 1-9 p.m. while you’re there. Enrollment typically takes about 10 minutes. It’s good for five years.
It’s the first such opportunity growing out of a partnership between IdentoGO, the private contractor that handles PreCheck screening for the Transportation Security Administration nationwide, and Live Nation Entertainment, the festival and event giant.
“They’ve had a presence at two smaller, local festivals in the South to see if the concert concept is viable but the launch with Live Nation marks a much bigger program and initiative for IdentoGO and their first foray to the West Coast,” publicist Dana Meeks said in an email.
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To sign up, attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID with proof of U.S. citizenship (a passport or birth certificate). For a full list of acceptable documentation, click here. Festival-goers may show up without an appointment or may schedule an appointment at identogo.com/locations/watershed.
This and recently announced special sign-up days next month at a Seattle airport hotel are part of an effort to clear up a backlog of PreCheck applications that recently saw applicants waiting for weeks or months for processing in some parts of the country. Delays grew this spring as the number of applicants more than tripled, climbing to 16,000 a day on average in May, at the same time that long airport security waits were generating headlines across the nation.
PreCheck-approved travelers don’t need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets at security checkpoints, helping lines to move faster.
Watershed festival-goers already qualified for PreCheck can get expedited entry into the music festival, which runs July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7. Stop at the festival box office to present your PreCheck Known Traveler Number (KTN), along with a government issued ID, to receive a Fast Pass wristband good for the entire weekend. Click here to look up your KTN, and click on “Look up KTN,” then print it out or take a screenshot.