By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 23, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Have you been meaning to enroll in TSA Pre-Check to speed up your airport security experience. A temporary enrollment center is at Mitchell Airport now.

The temporary enrollment center is located near the Miller store in the airport concourse at 5300 S. Howell Ave. It opens Monday, Jan. 23 and runs through Friday, Feb. 3. The center is open weekdays only, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Passengers who enroll in in TSA Pre-Check don't have to take off their shoes, belts and light outwear, or take out their laptops and liquids when passing through TSA security screening at airports.

And you also get to use a special line that's often shorter and quicker than the standard security line.

All the airlines that currently serve Mitchell Airport take part in the program and more than 200 airports participate.

Enrollees are encouraged to pre-enroll and schedule an interview at tsa.gov/precheck to avoid a wait.

According to Mitchell Airport, after completing the pre-enrollment steps, applicants type in the location “Milwaukee, WI” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for “Pop Up: MKE, 1/23-2/3” and then click “Next.”

Then select an appointment slot from the drop-down menu, which will show the first available time.

For extra safety, appointments are spaced. Walk-ins are available.

You must bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Check the Universal Enroll website to see which documents to bring, which is based on citizenship status.

At the enrollment center, you'll have to provide fingerprints and proof of citizenship or legal residency and pay $85 for a five-year membership.

According to Mitchell Airport, successful applicants will get a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail that is valid for five years. The enrollee should enter the provided KTN in the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking airline reservations. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.