Live Nation has entered into a partnership that should allow concertgoers to bypass long security lines to enter venues quickly.
Live Nation unveils its Fast Pass Lane at its Watershed Festival in Quincy, Wash., July 29.
LN has partnered with IdentoGo, the company associated with the TSA Pre-check at airports. There, with the company’s TSA Precheck program, frequent flyers can bypass the long lines of the TSA and do not need to remove their shoes, belts, laptops, show acceptable liquids, etc.
That’s not to say the traveler isn’t asked time to time to kick off a shoe or two, but it’s considered faster and less of a hassle. With the Fast Pass program at Live Nation events, those already enrolled in TSA Precheck will have access to a dedicated expedited entry line, but will still be subject to onsite security protocol.
Staff from IdentoGo have been onsite to work with security. One applies to the other – a TSA Precheck enrollment works at both the live events and at airports. One advantage is that interested parties can enroll at some Live Nation festivals and certain events at some amphitheatres, according to a company spokeswoman, rather than at the backlogged enrollment centers. Even though the pre-check enrollment takes 10 minutes, it is becoming popular and people have been waiting up to months for the traditional screening appointments.
The normal fee is $85 for five years ($17 per year). Those who wish to enroll need to bring – to the event or an enrollment center – a government-issued ID such a driver’s license or military ID card and proof of U.S. citizenship like an enhanced driver’s license, passport or enhanced tribal card. Once enrolled, the traveler is issued a nine-digit “known traveler number,” which must be provided at the Fast Pass entrance along with I.D. In other words, a concertgoer will walk up to the Fast Pass gate, provide their KTN number, show I.D. and go inside.
The partnership began at the Watershed Festival in Quincy, Wash., July 29 and IdentoGO will run TSA Pre-check enrollments at more than 20 events.
The program is active through the end of next year and will likely be extended if successful. Events include the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas and Meadows Music & Arts Festival in Queens, N.Y. Participating venues include Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas; Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta; and Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla.