TSA Pre✓® Arrives at Central Illinois Regional Airport

Bloomington, Ill. – The Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (CIRA) is now participating in the TSA Pre✓® program, which allows travelers in the program to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 complaint liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select checkpoint screening lanes. The TSA Pre✓® lane will be available during select times based on projected airline passenger volume.

“TSA Pre✓® provides enhanced security while also improving the passenger screening experience,” said John Hursey, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Downstate Illinois. “We are pleased to offer this program to passengers at Central Illlinois Regional Airport.”

“We appreciate partnering with TSA to add the Pre✓® program at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.”, said Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority Chairman Jay Allen. “Providing this type of customer amenity enhances the customer experience and covenience of flying from CIRA.”

To be eligible for this expedited screening program, individuals need to apply. The TSA Pre✓® application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at security checkpoints at more than 180 participating airports and on 37 airlines including: Allegiant, American Airlines, and Delta.

The quick application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in the TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes.

Travelers are able to go through a five-minute pre-enrollment process online and complete their seven-minute background interview at an application center.

A temporary application center for the TSA Pre✓® program will be open at Central Illinois Regional Airport from July 10 – 14.   The center will be held at the terminal building, 3201 CIRA Drive, Bloomington in the second level conference rooms from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

How to apply


  1. Make an appointment online and pre-apply here. It typically takes less than 10 minutes to pre-apply.
  2. To make an appointment, applicants should type in the location “Bloomington, IL” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for 3201 CIRA Drive. Applicants can select an appointment time using the drop down menu to choose a date and time. The drop-down menu will show the first open time available, but individuals can choose a different date and/or time using that drop-down menu.
  3. Visit the temporary enrollment center at the appointment time or as a walk-in at the application center which will be located at the airport.


As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. Additional program information and how to enroll can be found at TSA.gov.

For More Information:

TSA Public Affairs


Fran Strebing
Central Illinois Regional Airport


The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.

For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.

 Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (CIRA) offers air service on Allegiant, American and Delta with nonstop flights to Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/St. Pete and available connections to the world through  Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul , Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Ft. Worth.  Free parking, easy access and convenient, Central Illinois Regional Airport provides valuable air service to and from the world into central Illinois.

For more information about CIRA ,visit www.cira.com, Facebook (FlyCIRA) and Twitter @flyCIRA.

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