Singapore Airlines Becomes The First Asian Airline To Offer 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 (and will soon also be exempt from a bunch of other arbitrary rules).

TSA-Pre-Check

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 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. Earlier this year the TSA added 11 more airlines, including Avianca, Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, and more.

Seven more airlines have joined TSA Pre-Check

The TSA announced today that seven more airlines have joined TSA Pre-Check, including Copa Airlines, Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swift Air, and Turkish Airlines.

While a lot of foreign carriers have already been added, oddly no Asian airlines have been eligible for TSA Pre-Check up until now, so it’s great to see Singapore Airlines added to the list. This will benefit Singapore Airlines passengers traveling out of their gateways in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. I’ve taken Singapore’s flight from New York to Frankfurt many times, which departs from JFK’s Terminal 4. Security lines there can be abysmal, so it will be a huge time saver to have access to TSA Pre-Check.

I’m surprised to see Turkish Airlines added to the list, given the reports of passengers traveling to Istanbul getting “SSSS” on their boarding pass, and given that Turkey is on the list of countries which are impacted by the electronics ban.

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:

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.

Bottom line

It’s great to finally see more airlines eligible for TSA Pre-Check, and I’m especially happy to see the first Asian airline added to the list. Here’s to hoping that Cathay Pacific and other major Asian carriers become TSA Pre-Check eligible as well.

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

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Comments

  1. Any recommendations of how to add my TSA Precheck # to my Singapore KrisFlyer account? I looked around on their website with no luck.

  2. With more international airlines joining PreCheck, the question becomes when the TSA will add PreCheck lines in places like ORD Terminal 5 and LAX TBIT. If there is no line, what good is PreCheck?

  3. Surprised Asiana and Korean Air aren’t eligible for Pre Check yet, given that Korean citizens are eligible for Global Entry. Also would like to see Aer Lingus added, would make flying EI out of T5 JFK, and then Dublin pre-clearance on return, perfect.

  4. Why are people bringing up UAE as part of Asia? From a geographical sense, yes but certainly not from a Travel/Flight perspective which is aim of this website.

  5. Agree with Andrew. Everyone on here gets that the ME is geographically part of Asia, but we don’t think of it that way colloquially. Otherwise, we would call them the Asia 3 as opposed to the ME3. But pedantry is too fun to resist I suppose.

  6. I’m wondering what Nathan is wondering – how do we add a TSA number to a Silver Kris account?

    Also, what if there are two people on an award ticket, and the second doesn’t have a Silver Kris account? Can their number be added to a trip?

  7. British Airways! It sure would be nice to have a TSA Pre at the BA terminal at JFK instead of the one Biz and First security point.

    I go to London all the time and can get into the UK quicker as a UK “Registered Traveler Member”. Global Entry here is a bit slower.

  8. I think the Asia vs. Middle East point is somewhat interesting because having lived in the US for some time now, it seems that people only consider the Far East and SE Asia as part of “Asia.” They exclude South Asia and the subcontinent. The Middle East, East Russia, and Central Asia from the definition of Asia, which is very odd to me and frankly annoying. I’ve also noticed it with excluding Central America and the Caribbean from North America.

  9. It’s funny to think geography and travel/flight have different perspective about Middle East is part of Asia or not. Can someone enlightened me please??

  10. To add your known traveler number to your booking. Log in to your account, go to your booking, click manage booking, scroll down to passenger details and click update details. You’ll now see an option to add your KTN. This is great since I’ll be flying them soon. However, I do not yet see an option to add it to your profile yet.

  11. TravelinWilly,

    Yes it can be added to the second passenger that doesn’t have an account. After you add yours just click on next passenger and you’ll see the option for them.

  12. Ed,

    Thank you so much for the concise instructions! Worked like a charm, and it also prompted me to update my passport information as well.

    I hope I can be as helpful back someday (to you and/or to others).

    TW

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