The Transportation Security Administration announced the expansion of its TSA Pre✓ expedited screening program to seven additional domestic and international carriers. Now in operation, the seven new partnering airlines are Copa Airlines, Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swift Air, and Turkish Airlines. Today’s announcement brings the number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 37 domestic and international carriers.
TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travellers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 180 U.S. airports. For TSA Pre✓ travellers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.
“Expanding TSA Pre✓ allows us to increase overall security effectiveness and make the screening process more efficient,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia. “We are committed to the expansion of TSA Pre✓ to strengthen aviation security and improve the passenger experience.”
TSA Pre✓ is available when departing from a U.S. airport to a foreign country, and for domestic, connecting flights after returning to the U.S. Travellers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents can apply for TSA Pre✓ for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 per year through the TSA Pre✓ application program. Once approved, travellers will receive a “Known Traveller Number” and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓ lanes at select security checkpoints when travelling on any of the 37 participating airlines.
Other passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓ include: U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveller programs, Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI. TSA Pre✓ is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.