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 (TSA) announced today the expansion of its TSA Pre✓ expedited screening program with the addition of Alitalia Airlines and Qantas Airways. These two airlines bring the total number of TSA Pre✓participating domestic and international carriers to 73.
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. In November 2019, 93% of passengers in TSA Pre✓® lanes waited less than five minutes despite record numbers of people traveling.
TSA Pre✓ is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport or when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the United States. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. lawful permanent residents can apply for TSA Pre✓ for a cost of $85 for five years.
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.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below about the added airlines joining Pre-check.