The TSA announced that five new airlines would be participating in the TSA Pre-Check program which brings the total airlines to 72. The newest additions include Austrian Airlines, Swoop, PAL Express, VivaAerobus and Interjet.
We’ve written Why TSA PreCheck Lines Should be Shorter Now thanks to the “PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018”, which would ensure only travelers who are members of a trusted traveler program are permitted to use TSA PreCheck.
Per the TSA,
The Transportation Security Administration announced today the expansion of its TSA Pre✓ expedited screening program with Austrian Airlines, Swoop, PAL Express, VivaAerobus and Interjet. The five additional carriers bring the number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 72 domestic and international carriers.
TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. For TSA Pre✓ travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. To date in 2019, 94 percent of passengers in TSA Pre✓ lanes waited less than five minutes.
TSA Pre✓ is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport and when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the U.S. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can apply for TSA Pre✓ for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 per year.
There are several credit cards that will reimburse the fee to sign-up for Pre-Check or Global Entry (which gets you Pre-check)including the The Platinum Card® from American Express, Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.
It’s great to see even more airlines being added to the TSA Pre-check program, however this means more eligible travelers so hopefully this doesn’t mean longer lines at TSA checkpoints for those with Pre-check.
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