Beginner’s Guide to TSA PreCheck

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About PreCheck But Were Afraid to Ask

By Paul Riegler on 24 January 2017
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If you’ve wondered how some flyers arrive shortly before departure and sail through security, we have the answer: it’s the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler program and here is what you need to know about it.

TSA PreCheck was introduced in October 2011 and has been expanded in scope since then. In addition to speeding enrolled travelers through security, it helps lessen the wait on regular security lines because there are overall fewer people waiting there.

“As more people enroll, we will be better positioned to increase overall security effectiveness and create more efficiency in the screening process,” said Peter Neffenger, the TSA administrator, last May.

Lufthansa is the first European airline to offer PreCheck

Lufthansa is the first European airline to offer PreCheck

In December 2016, 97% of travelers on PreCheck lines incurred a waiting time of less than five minutes, according to TSA figures.


Anyone enrolled in Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri, or the TSA PreCheck program is eligible to use PreCheck security lanes, as are active duty U.S. military personnel.

Passengers at a PreCheck security checkpoint do not have to remove shoes, belts, and light jackets during the screening, and can leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on luggage. PreCheck is available at over 180 airports in the United States as well as at some foreign airports with preclearance centers.

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