Five Additional Airlines Join TSA’s Expedited Screening Program

The Transportation Security Administration announced today the expansion of its TSA Pre® expedited screening program with Austrian Airlines, Swoop, PAL Express, VivaAerobus and Interjet. The five additional carriers bring the number of airlines participating in TSA Pre® to 72 domestic and international carriers.

TSA Pre® 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. For TSA Pre® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. To date in 2019, 94 percent of passengers in TSA Pre® lanes waited less than five minutes.

TSA Pre® is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport and when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the U.S. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can apply for TSA Pre® for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 per year.

Once approved, travelers receive a “Known Traveler Number” to input when making an airline reservation and will have the opportunity to use TSA Pre® lanes at select security checkpoints when traveling on any of the 73 participating airlines.

Other passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre® include members of the three U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs, Global EntryNEXUS and SENTRI. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, use the Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler comparison tool. TSA Pre® is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

Passengers should check 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 Pre® on their flight.

TSA Pre® members who have enjoyed expedited screening since 2014 are now eligible to renew their membership. To keep enjoying TSA Pre® benefits, individuals may renew up to six months before their membership expiration date. For most members, renewal is easy and may be completed online.

TSA continues to incorporate unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

For more information, read the frequently asked questions about TSA Pre®.

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