TSA Adds 11 New Airlines to Precheck

As I noted a post yesterday about Spirit Airlines joining precheck.  Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Precheck to 11 new airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating to 30. The expansion includes both foreign and domestic airlines operating within the United States.

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The new airlines are as follows (effective immediately):

  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Key Lime Air
  • Miami Air International
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sunwing
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Xtra Airways

TSA Precheck is an expedited screening program that enables trusted travelers to enjoy a secure and efficient screening experience at more than 180 U.S. airports. TSA Precheck travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets. Last month, 97 percent of TSA Precheck passengers got through an expedited screening lane in less than 5 minutes.

Now, a total of 30 carriers participate in TSA Check. The other airlines already participating before today were:

  • 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
  • WestJet.

Travelers can apply for TSA Precheck for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 per year. Other passengers who are eligible for TSA Precheck include members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry and NEXUS for Canadian citizens. TSA Precheck is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

Many travel credit cards offer a credit for the cost of TSA Precheck and/or Global Entry (restrictions vary, check the fine print):

  • American Express Corporate Gold Card
  • American Express Enhanced Business Platinum Card
  • American Express Platinum Card
  • Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard
  • Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
  • Citi Prestige Card
  • Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
  • Citi Expedia + Voyager Card

Does the addition of these new airlines to the TSA Precheck program make the program more valuable to you?

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