11 More Airlines Have Joined TSA Pre-Check

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The two innovations of the past several years that 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.

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While Global Entry is valid regardless of which airline you’re flying, TSA Pre-Check requires flying certain airlines that are enrolled in the program.

Over the past year the TSA has nicely expanded the number of airlines that participate in Pre-Check. For example, last year the TSA added Aeromexico, Etihad, and Lufthansa to the program, among other airlines.

11 more airlines are joining TSA Pre-Check!

Just today the TSA has announced that 11 more airlines have joined Pre-Check. Perhaps best of all, the latest round of airlines are joining Pre-Check immediately, rather than at some point in the future.

The 11 airlines that are now participating in Pre-Check include Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic, and Xtra Airways.

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I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t heard of several of those airlines.

These complement the 19 airlines that already participate in Pre-Check, which include 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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To be eligible for Pre-Check, always make sure you enter your Known Traveler Number at the time of booking.

Registering for TSA Pre-Check

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, and I just renewed my membership just last year.

Several credit cards offer Global Entry fee credits, where they’ll reimburse you for the $100 fee to join Global Entry. These cards include the following:

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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.

Bottom line

It’s great to see more airlines joining Pre-Check, as it really can be a huge timesaver. I’m especially excited to see Avianca, Emirates, and Virgin Atlantic join.

Then again, I’m not sure when I’ll next see a Pre-Check on my boarding pass, given the luck I’ve had on my past few trips.

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Which other airlines would you most like to see join Pre-Check?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

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Comments

  1. While this is great it will only make TSA Pre worst than it already is. I had times at some airports where the regular lane was smaller and much faster than TSA Pre. I also don’t understand why some passengers would take the time to apply for TSA Pre if they insist to bring their pig bank inside their pockets. Yes, guy in front of me the other day had to go through 4 times before he finally emptied the last coin he had in his pockets.

  2. @ Santastico
    I honestly don’t get how TSA PRE/ PRE-Checks works. AA put TSA Pre on my boarding pass. I’ve never registered with Pre Checks

  3. Still a shame that British Airways are not participating in this considering their JBA with American. Very frustrating to be on a BA flight (AA flight number) and not be able to use TSA-Pre.

  4. The one other benefit of NEXUS that is frequently overlooked is that children under 18 years of age are exempt from the $50 fee. We signed up when our daughter was 17, so she gets four years free as an adult.

    In addition to PreCheck and Global Entry benefits, NEXUS members also benefit from expedited access to security at Canadian airports. While this doesn’t come close to the benefits of the U.S. program (keep laptops and liquids in bag, etc.), the special lane comes in handy due to the painfully slow CATSA inspection process.

    One more thing… If you fly from the U.S. to Canada on AC and register your NEXUS card during the check-in process, you never have to pull out your U.S. passport.

  5. I would sign up for Global Entry if there was an application office within driving distance. The lack of application locations are the big deterrent. However, in our small town, an authorized PreCheck agency is just down the street.

  6. The one warning I’d like to give regarding Global Entry. If you’ve been convicted of criminal offenses, even minor misdemeanors, you are likely to be denied. It good be something super minor that happened a decade ago but will get you disqualified.

    TSA precheck is not a rigid, they have a list of disqualifying offenses, if you haven’t been convicted of those you should be good.

    I wish I was given this info before I wasted $100 on Global Entry…

  7. @Lord-Potatoish You’re probably a frequent flyer on AA and they will randomly have frequent flyers go through the TSA-Pre line. It’s happened a few times to me on Southwest. If you do decide to pay for the program though you will get TSA-Pre line access with every flight, not just random ones the airline picks for you.

  8. @Ben – I can tell from your boarding pass photo you’re still sore about your run of SSSS call outs. 🙂

  9. @RobPHX You don’t have to visit Canada at all to qualify. You also, do not have to go to Canada for your interview, although, you will be interviewed by a Canada Border Services Agency officer as well as a Customs and Border Protection inspector.

  10. Boutique air joined! Now my brother can go through security quicker from Lax to Merced. They have like one plane and it’s not a very big plane. (9-Seater)

    Also for those of us living in the (very controversial) Southern border, if you happen to have SENTRI that also qualifies you for TSA pre-check the same way NEXUS does. I just check the CBP website.

  11. I’m surprised the usual big Asian airlines are not in the pre TSA check program. Like ANa, Singapore, Cathay etc

  12. One issue with TSA PreCheck is the airport facilities. Kansas City is designed for another era and the end result is security lanes per gate and not per terminal. In the end the screening is slower at MCI due to the efforts required for each individual at each gate. Overall not a failing of TSA PreCheck but a failing with the Kansas City airport.

    And Global Entry is a good thing but with the same issues with airport facilities. The locations of the Global Entry kiosks and the Global Entry exists is not intuitive. Oddly enough passport control and customs are not coordinated. The passport control staff simply waved me through. The customs staff stopped a line of hundreds to question non existent items in the bags.

  13. @KenP

    My local airport doesn’t process Global Entry either. I just got approved and now have to visit a bigger airport. The one problem is that dates even at bigger airports are limited. I have 3 trips booked so far to major airports this year and no dates available for me to schedule my interview. I guess I have to keep checking.

    @Bernardo ng

    I was just approved and I’m pretty sure I’ve had a couple traffic tickets within the last 10 years. So I’m sure most minor traffic tickets are fine.

  14. @bernardo

    No, not a speeding ticket. Mine was malicious destruction of property. But I’ve heard DUI and DV are disqualifying offenses.

  15. A third, and very useful innovation for US flyers is Mobile Passport!

    I like Global Entry (GE) but find that Mobile Passport (MP) is even better (where it is available). MP is free and requires no background check or fingerprints. Just download the app. You don’t need a $450 annual fee credit card. The advantages of Global Entry are more enrolled airports and a dedicated lane through customs after baggage claim.

    On the other hand, MP is easier because you input all of your information in the app as soon as you touch down and get the Customs and Border Protection receipt on your phone. You don’t have to do it at a kiosk. As more people get GE, GE kiosks can actually have a line at times. Hopefully GE won’t become as clogged as TSAPre.

    The GE advantage after getting luggage may be disappearing as I observed on a recent entry at ORD, There MP and GE used the same line after baggage claim. MP is so easy to get and use, I wonder why everyone doesn’t have it.

    To beat the TSA lines at security, use CLEAR, a private, although compensated service currently offered at a limited number of US airports. DL Diamonds get it free.

  16. I thought Global Entry was for international flights only so you’re saying that if I fly American Airlines to London I can use my PSA pre-check when i come back to America, and not GE.

  17. Really makes you wonder if the “security theatre” is a convoluted arrangement in order for some corporations to profit out of putting people out of the “misery” by offering things like these.

  18. Thank you, Lucky, for sharing your “embarrassment” that you weren’t aware of all 11 airlines. It’s good to see humility in such a well respected writer.

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