5 More Airlines Join TSA Pre-Check; 72 Total Airlines Now Included

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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.

Another option to speed through security is CLEAR. You can enroll for CLEAR then just stop by an airport kiosk the next time you are at a CLEAR airport location.

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.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below about the added airlines joining Pre-check.

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  1. The TSA should audit the computer systems of INTL airlines that allow the Pre-Check program.
    Each time I fly Turkish Airlines – they are unsure where to place the “known traveler” number within the record. Nine times out of ten (I flew them 4x out of SFO last year and 2x this year out of SFO) they put the KT# in the notes section which means you don’t get the TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass. After the 2nd time this happened – I went to the ticket counter and they realized the agent’s initial mistake.

    So if you don’t get the TSA PreCheck logo on your boarding pass – it’s probably because the airline hasn’t trained their agents on where it goes in the record.

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