The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced today the expansion of TSA Pre✓ to 11 new airlines. The new additions will brin the total number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 30.
The expansion includes both foreign and domestic airlines operating within the United States. Effective immediately, eligible passengers traveling on Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic, and Xtra Airways will now have the opportunity to experience expedited screening.
TSA PreCheck lets eligible, low-risk travelers enjoy expedited security screening. The program is available at participating U.S. airport locations and for most international itineraries. You can ease through checkpoints without removing shoes, liquids and gels from your carry-on, laptop from your bag, light outerwear/jacket and belts.
You can apply for the program directly through TSA if you are a: U.S. citizen, or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), and haven’t been convicted of certain crimes. You’ll have to be fingerprinted and provide documentation proving your identity. You’ll receive a known traveler number (KTN) that will be printed on your airline tickets in the future. It will cost $85 for five years. After five years, you’ll have to renew your status. Besides enrollment centers at many airports, you can now also apply at new locations being opened up at DMVs around the country, at concerts and Tax Offices. Usually you can get it for free through some premium credit cards.
You can use PreCheck lines if you have children 12 and under traveling with you, even if the child does not qualify for PreCheck.
The other participating airlines are: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America, and WestJet.
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