TSA PreCheck Expands to Foreign Airlines

Air Canada First to Join Trusted Traveler Program

By Paul Riegler on 30 April 2014
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PreCheck security checkpoint at American's terminal at JFK

PreCheck security checkpoint at American’s terminal at JFK

The Transportation Security Administration announced that its PreCheck trusted traveler program has expanded to non-U.S. airlines.  The first such airline to participate is Air Canada.

Starting Tuesday, Air Canada passengers at 40 airports across the United States may be eligible to use the expedited screening offered at the PreCheck lane.  A total of 115 airports currently offer PreCheck.

The program first launched in October of 2011 and is available to elite members of participating airlines’ frequent flyer programs, as well as to 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. Members of the military on active duty are also eligible to use PreCheck, as are those who enroll directly in the program.

Currently, ten airlines participate in the PreCheck program: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.  The TSA, in a statement on its website, said it is working with additional non-U.S. airlines to enroll them in the program.

Passengers who use a PreCheck security checkpoint don’t have to remove certain items of clothing, such as shoes, belts, and light outerwear, and can leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on luggage.

Travelers who are eligible to use a PreCheck lane at the security checkpoint have the information embedded in their boarding pass barcode. The TSA says, however, that even PreCheck-approved travelers are subject to random searches and screenings for security purposes.

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