TSA Expands PreCheck Program to International Flights

By Paul Riegler on 6 May 2013
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PreCheck at John F. Kennedy's Terminal 8

PreCheck at John F. Kennedy’s Terminal 8

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it will expand eligibility for its PreCheck trusted traveler program from passengers on domestic itineraries to international ones.

Beginnning Tuesday, passengers who are enrolled in PreCheck who are travelling on select international itineraries will be able to use the special PreCheck security checkpoints.   Once there, the passenger will not have to remove his shoes, light jacket, or belt, and can keep his laptops and any liquids or gels in his bag.  The TSA did not specify exactly what is meant by “select,” however.

The change will be in effect at the 40 U.S. airports where PreCheck is already offered.  The PreCheck program is open to passengers who are the most frequent flyers at American and Delta as well as 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.  While the former group is essentially invitation only, anyone can sign up for the CBP programs.

PreCheck was announced and initially deployed in 2011 and greatly expanded in 2012.   Airlines that are participating in the international PreCheck program are Alaska, American, Delta, United, and US Airways.

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