Background: TSA PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers prior to their arrival at the airport screening checkpoint.
Currently TSA PreCheck includes U.S. citizens who are select frequent travelers of participating airlines or members of existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling with eligible parent or guardian. To participate and “opt in” to TSA PreCheck, the cost is $85.00 for 5 years.
Participating TSA PreCheckairlines include; Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
TSA has “expanded its current TSA PreCheck program” with the goal of pre-clearing passengers (including airline employees traveling as non-revenue passengers) that are not enrolled in TSA PreCheck
Changes: In the expanded program, passengers do not need to “opt-in”. The expanded program is totally random and is not a guarantee that a passenger will always be selected for TSA PreCheck screening.
TSA PreCheck designator will appear on boarding pass if they are eligible for that flight / date to use the TSA PreCheck lanes.
Eligible participants use dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at participating airports* for screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:
- 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- Laptop from bag
- Light outerwear/jacket
*For a list of participating airports see http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/tsa-precheck-participating-airports.