The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck® expedited screening program with the addition of Breeze Airways. Existing TSA PreCheck members will be able to use their Known Traveler Number (KTN) to book flights immediately on the new carrier. More than 80 airlines now participate in TSA PreCheck.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. With TSA PreCheck, travelers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food items, laptops and light jackets. In April 2021, 98% of passengers in TSA PreCheck lanes waited less than five minutes.
TSA PreCheck is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport or when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the United States. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. lawful permanent residents can apply for TSA PreCheck for a cost of $85 for a five-year membership.
Once approved, travelers receive a unique KTN that, when added to an airline reservation, makes them eligible to use TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints nationwide when traveling on any of the participating airlines. Most new enrollees receive a KTN within three to five days.
Other passengers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck include members of the three U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs – Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. TSA PreCheck is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard.
Enrolled airline passengers should look for the TSA Pre✓® indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA Pre✓®) on their boarding pass to know if they are eligible for TSA PreCheck screening before their flight.
Existing members who enrolled prior to September 2016 are now eligible to renew their TSA PreCheck membership. To keep enjoying TSA PreCheck benefits, individuals may renew up to six months before their membership expiration date. For most members, renewal is easy and may be completed online.