TSA Pre-Check (which offers expedited security screening for eligible passengers, whereby they don’t have to take off their shoes or take liquids or laptops out of their bags), along with Global Entry, are the two greatest improvements to the travel experience for the frequent flyer in the past couple of years, in my opinion.
That being said, Pre-Check can be a bit confusing and frustrating at times, since you can’t always bank on it. Even if you’ve registered for the Pre-Check program you’re not eligible with every itinerary. To keep things somewhat “random” you don’t always get access, which I’ve found to be the case about 10% of the time.
That’s why I’m happy to see this announcement from Delta today:
We’ve got some good news for you if you’ve already experienced TSA PreCheck. Starting today, we will become the first airline to print an indicator on kiosk-printed boarding passes to give you some advance notice if you’ve been selected for TSA PreCheck. On Thursday, April 19, we’ll add a similar indicator on OCI and mobile boarding passes. The indicators will be available at the start of the check-in window in all formats.
“TSA PRECHK” will appear immediately underneath the passenger name on printed boarding passes and for customers using mobile boarding passes the TSA PreCheck logo will appear at the top right corner above the barcode.
The TSA PreCheck indicator will appear on boarding passes throughout your itinerary whether the airport has TSA PreCheck or not so be sure to verify that the airport is a participating location.
Even though there have long been workarounds to figuring out whether or not you’re eligible for Pre-Check on a particular itinerary, it’s great to see Delta putting it on “paper.”
Here’s to hoping other carriers do the same!