TSA PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program Out of Beta, Expands to 28 New Airports

By Paul Riegler on 8 February 2012
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The Transportation Security Administration announced that its PreCheck trusted traveler program would move out of the pilot phase and expand to 28 additional airports.  The program was first announced last summer and rolled out to frequent travelers flying on American Airlines out of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami (MIA) and on Delta Air Lines out of Atlanta (ATL) and Detroit (DTW) airports.  Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and New York (JFK) were added during the pilot.

Passengers who are the most frequent flyers at American and Delta were invited to join the pilot and members of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, Sentri, and Nexus) who are U.S. citizens and flying on a participating airline are also eligible.  While the former group is essentially invitation only, anyone can sign up for the CBP programs.

Passengers eligible on a given flight for PreCheck will have a code embedded in their boarding pass and a TSA screener will direct the passenger to the PreCheck line.  Once there, the passenger will typically not have to remove his shoes, coat, or belt, and can keep laptops and liquids in their bags.

The airports that will be added in 2012 include

– Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
– Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
– Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
– Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
– Denver International Airport (DEN)
– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
– George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
– Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
– Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
– John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
– LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
– Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
– Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
– Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
– Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
– O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
– Orlando International Airport (MCO)
– Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
– Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
– Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
– Portland International Airport (PDX)
– Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
– Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
– San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
– Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
– Tampa International Airport (TPA)
– Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
– Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The TSA does not guarantee a completely consistent experience using PreCheck in order to keep the security measures random and unpredictable.

(Photo: John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 2)

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