TSA announced today that 6 more airlines will start offering PreCheck, including Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Condor Airlines, Air Serbia and more.
More airlines are joining the popular traveler program every month, and now 52 airlines participate. The new partners also include Porter Airlines and the UK and Scandinavian divisions of Thomas Cook Airlines. PreCheck is your ticket to skip the long lines and get through security faster. Read on and learn how to make it happen.
A Primer on Pre✓
These latest additions to PreCheck are a reminder of how PreCheck works. It’s not a universal pass to get through security. You have to go through the airlines, and not every airline participates.
Luckily, every major domestic carrier partners with the TSA to offer PreCheck. And the list of international airlines keeps growing and growing. See the TSA’s full list of approved airlines here.
Once you’ve signed up, you have to make sure to plug your Known Traveler Number (KTN) into your reservation or your frequent flyer accounts. That’s the key to getting into the PreCheck lane.
Signing up for TSA PreCheck is pretty straightforward. You’ll fill out a quick application and pay the fee. From there you will head to a certified enrollment center for a short interview (bring your passport), fingerprinting and a photo. If everything checks out, you should get the OK within a week or two.
Your first time through the PreCheck lane, you’ll wonder why you didn’t join sooner. The security lines are often drastically shorter, and it’s just a more pleasant experience. You get to leave your shoes, a belt and a light jacket on. Your laptop and the carry-on approved liquids in your bag can also stay put as you put them through the baggage screeners.
How to Get TSA Pre✓
If you’re eager to get through security faster, you have options. And one of them is Global Entry. Global Entry is a separate government program that helps you speed through immigration when you return to the United States. However, it also comes with PreCheck. Read our post about the two programs to learn more.
Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year membership, while PreCheck costs $85. That makes it an easy choice: Go for Global Entry. The good news is that a growing number of credit cards will reimburse you for your Global Entry or PreCheck application fee.
The more airlines participating in PreCheck, the better. These six airlines aren’t enormous in the U.S. But it’s safe to say they won’t be the last to join up. This will only help get you through security faster.