Why Is TSA Fingerprinting Required?


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The TSA requires fingerprinting on all incoming and leaving non-citizens in an effort to stop international criminal activity and immigration violation. The TSA also collects fingerprints of U.S. citizens as part of the Pre-Check program in an effort to increase national security.

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The fingerprint requirements for the Pre-Check program allow for quicker screenings in airports and shorter wait times for travel overall. Fingerprints are kept in a database that the FBI and other law enforcement departments use to track and prevent criminal activity. Having a previous criminal record or past violations against the CBP keeps applicants from being approved for the Pre-Check program. Fingerprints given to the TSA and CBP are kept in the database for future use.

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