The expedited screening program now covers as much as 65 airline companies
ESTA application heard; TSA or the Transportation Security Administration is expanding its expedited screening program. It will increase its fleet of trusted airliners to nine more as of February 22, 2019. The TSA Pre✓® program offers expedited screening to its member-passengers. It is also applied to the following U.S. and international airline companies; Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Volaris. With them, the whole number of air carriers jumps to 65.
David Pekoske, a retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral and currently the seventh TSA’s Administrator said; “I am pleased to welcome these new partners to the TSA Pre✓® program! By continuing to expand TSA Pre✓®, and engaging more and more with our international partners, we are increasing the overall effectiveness of the security we provide. We are raising the baseline of global aviation security, and improving the passenger experience”.
TSA Pre✓® is the U.S. expedited screening program. It allows those passengers, considered as low-risk to the U.S. security, to pass through a smart and fast screening at all the 200 US airports. It allows travelers to pass via the checking points without removing the shoes, belts, jackets or putting out laptops, batteries, and phones from the bags. There is also no need to show any liquids. According to a TSA’s press release, the percentage of travelers passing via the TSA Pre✓® lanes for only 5 minutes is now as much as 94%.
Who can apply for the expedited screening program?
TSA Pre✓® program is available for flights from U.S. domestic airports to any foreign country, and for connecting flights in the U.S. from a foreign country. U.S. citizens, and nationals, as well as USA permanent residents, are free to apply for a TSA Pre✓®membership. The price of $85 is for a subscription of 5 years, which makes $17/year. If approved, the travelers will get a “Known Traveler Number”. You have to communicate this number to the airline staff when reserving a flight. The membership allows also the use of TSA Pre✓® lanes at the security checkpoints of all 65 airlines approved by TSA.
Participants of the other Trusted Traveler Programs –NEXUS, Global Entry, and SENTRI, approved and managed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are also eligible to travel under the TSA Pre✓®.
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U.S. Armed Forces members, as well as members of the U.S. Reserves, U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Guard, are also eligible for TSA Pre✓®.
How TSA Pre✓® works?
On the boarding pass, a logo such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA Pre✓® will indicate if a traveler will have the opportunity to pass an expedited screening with the particular flight.
All members of TSA Pre✓®, including those from 2013 are allowed to renew their subscription. 6 months prior to the expiration date of the membership, the renewal must be done online.
Please remember that the Transportation Security Administration is in charge of ensuring the security of the U.S. citizens and the U.S. airport facilities. To accomplish this, they use both seen and undercover security measures. Therefore, no expedited screening can be guaranteed.