TSA Pre-Check Expands To More International Airlines

The two innovations of the past several years which have made the US travel experience substantially more pleasant have been TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. As a reminder, TSA Pre-Check allows eligible travelers expedited security screening, where they don’t have to take off their shoes, or take their liquids or laptops out of their bags.

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Meanwhile Global Entry allows for expedited customs & immigration, where eligible travelers can just use kiosks at immigration, rather than having to queue for an agent.

Global-Entry

While Global Entry is valid regardless of which airline you’re flying, TSA Pre-Check requires flying certain airlines which are enrolled in the program. Up until now, only 12 airlines have participated in TSA Pre-Check.

However, as of today, four more airlines are participating in TSA Pre-Check: Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad Airways and Seaborne Airlines.

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To clarify, TSA Pre-Check is still only valid at US airports with Pre-Check lines, so this simply means that you can use those lines in the US when traveling select international airlines.

TSA Pre-Check is now valid on the following 16 airlines:

Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.

In order to be sure you get TSA Pre-Check on these carriers, make sure you enter your Known Traveler Number in your reservation before you check-in.

Known-Traveler-Number

Keep in mind that while you can pay to register for TSA Pre-Check directly, you’re much better off registering for Global Entry, as it also comes with TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre-Check, on the other hand doesn’t come with Global Entry).

I registered for Global Entry for the first time in mid-2011, and wrote about my experience at the time. Global Entry is valid for five years, meaning my membership is expiring in a couple of months. Also keep in mind that several credit cards offer Global Entry fee credits, where they’ll reimburse you for the $100 fee to join Global Entry.

Citi-Prestige-Global-Entry-Credit

The very best way to get TSA Pre-Check is through NEXUS, which costs just $50 and gets you expedited immigration in the US and Canada, Global Entry, and TSA Pre-Check. You pay half the price and get the most privileges. But that’s not as practical for everyone, since there aren’t as many centers where you can enroll for NEXUS, since it’s primarily intended for those traveling frequently between the US and Canada.

Here’s to hoping that TSA Pre-Check expands to even more international airlines!

(Tip of the hat to TravelinWilly)

Comments

  1. Does that mean AUH or any other airport Etihad flies out of for example will have a Pre-Check line or only US airports?

  2. Are there any credit cards that reimburse the NEXUS fee? You’d think that the ones that reimburse for Global Entry would be happy to reimburse $50 instead of $100, but it seems most (maybe all) don’t.

  3. TSA Pre-Check is not an innovation. It is a rip off and a way to get money from passengers to hide the inefficiencies of the system. Nobody should have to pay to be screened if TSa did their job in a efficient way.

  4. You can renew your Global Entry membership within a year of expiration. Have you considered getting the APEC Business Travel Card? While usable only for business (not personal) travel, I find it saves a lot of time at immigration at participating countries. It also gets you in the crew security line in some airports.

  5. I got my APEC card, and it worked great in Hong Kong. Went over to the green APEC lane, and there was no wait. Regular queue, while not super long, would have resulted in more of a wait.

  6. I wonder if more airlines with lots of US departures like BA, AF, or LH will get on board.

  7. Seaborne Airlines but not LH or BA? Where are the priorities?

    Wake me up when a “useful” airline joins.

  8. Good advice on NEXUS Lucky – it is far better than just getting Global Entry at half the cost but most of the self proclaimed travel advisors and bloggers are totally unaware of it. Global Entry and Pre-Check at the airport are pretty nice, but when you add in the ability to drive to the border on a holiday weekend and use the NEXUS lane to pass a 2 hour line of cars or occassionally drive up to the border and have the immigration agent wave you through at a slow roll without a stop – that’s a whole different level of expedited screening.

  9. Come on LH! Your in Star with UA so why not? Would help significantly when I fly out of JFK, EWR and and IAD.

  10. If you got a Global Entry under your original passport but 2 years into the 5 years validity of the Global Entry it expires and then get a new passport, does your Global Entry still work with your new passport. I had an issue at the Phoenix airport where it didn’t allow me to use the kiosk since it wasn’t recognizing my new passport. Anyone has experience on what do to if you get a new passport within the 5 years and its impact on your Global Entry? Do u need to reapply under the new passport? Thanks.

  11. One thing you already mentioned about Nexus: “since there aren’t as many centers where you can enroll for NEXUS, since it’s primarily intended for those traveling frequently between the US and Canada.”

    These enrollment centers are mostly near the Canadian border, so if you don’t live near there, enrollment and renewal will be a pain and cost you more than the $50 you save.

    ALSO Nexus requires background check from the Canadian government, so if you don’t intent to go to Canada much, if at all, there is no reason to give them a copy of your personal information.

  12. Updating your passport number for Global Entry is easy; as pointed out in the above comment, you can make the change in GOES.

    As an aside, if you also have the APEC Business Travel Card, that requires a replacement order since the passport number is printed on the card itself, but this is also easy to do via GOES.

  13. Such non-sense that it is based on what airline you fly.

    If you are approved for Pre-Check program and paid the fee, then they should just give you a card that you can show for any flight.

    It isn’t like when you do global entry, they decide if you can use expedited lane based on what airline you flew in on.

    I understand that airlines have to pay money to support pre-check (not sure why), but so do customers.

  14. Its possible that no European airlines do pre-check due to data privacy concerns in the EU. Just a guess. Related, if I booked a BA-operated flight through AA.com out of BWI, will I get pre-check?

  15. Would make sense for BA to join as they probably have more US departures than any other foreign airline sans Air Canada (and maybe not even them)

  16. @DC_Flyer, while possible, I guarantee that these airlines have to share information with government agencies anyway. You’ll only get pre-check if you book a connecting flight from another airport, and print both boarding passes out.

    @Parag – TravelMore, it is. It’s what the TSA charge the airlines to do the integration between their systems and the airline systems, so the TSA can tell the airline whether to print PreCheck on your boarding pass. A card would definitely be nice, e.g. something you could swipe at security to verify you get precheck, but that’s not the system they built unfortunately.

  17. And this is a good thing?? TSA is already strapped thin at most airports, airlines are saying to arrive 3 hours early, and Pre-Check lane hours are also being cut back. I was recently told that the pre-check lane was “closed” after 7pm at both JFK & SFO and given a laminated TSA card and routed to the regular line (which took over an hour to clear). The only thing the card did was allow me to keep my stinky shoes on. So TSA wants to add more passengers to an already overburdened system. Now is not the time for TSA to be expanding its duties. Not until it hires a lot more screeners.

  18. @Santastico:
    TSA “sells” PreCheck in the same way the State Department “sells” passports. And unlike with PreCheck, you can’t travel abroad at all without a passport. So which is the bigger ripoff?

  19. Why wouldn’t British Airways participate in TSA Pre-check scheme? BA has the most flights to the US than any other non-North American airlines out there. More foreign carriers joining precheck scheme is good, but as other people said, major non-North American airlines that has significant number of flights to the U.S. should join (I would say BA, AF, LH, KE, JL etc)

  20. You mentioned Southwest, but they “do not support” TSA precheck for International flights. dang

  21. I read that if you’re TSA pre check and traveling with someone who is not, they can go in line with you. Is that true?

  22. Yesterday I travelled from LAS-MEX, while doing my web check-in at AM website it did show the option to add the TSA Pre option, so I did. At the LAS airport my boarding pass showed TSA Pre, but when got to the line, TSA personnel was confused and uniformed about AM now being part of the TSA Pre. Some of them said “yes its new”, some said “no way”, then a LAS supervisor said only for US citizens, but they are not well informed that it is also available for Canadian and Mexican residents as long as they are members of Global Entry. I asked another TSA person at the gate why I was not honored the TSA Pre benefit, he said since it is quite new, it will take time because not all TSA personnel has been briefed about it

  23. Has any ever shown their global entry card with their non precheck boarding pass to get thru line quicker?

  24. The reason Southwest previously didn’t support PreCheck for international flights is that Amadeus didn’t support PreCheck till recently. They started it with Cape Air and now many of the Euro and Asian carriers are on board. No idea why BA isn’t yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is related to their DCS issues.

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