The TSA Pre Check program allows for a faster screening process when going through pre-flight security at designated airports in the US. Today enrollment is limited to members of specific airlines frequent flyer programs or members of the US Customs & Border Patrol Global Entry Program (GOES). Currently, there are only five US airports and two airlines participating, however that’s due to expand starting in March. By the end of this year, the program expands to 28 additional airports and add two more airlines (US Air & United).
How does the TSA Pre Check program work? The TSA determines if a passenger is eligible for expedited screening. Once enrolled with your airline, the information is embedded in the barcode of your boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the security screen airport and may be sent to an expedited screening lane. There you may not have to remove the following items:
- 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- Laptop from bag
- Light outerwear/jacket
United recently announced that for it’s new Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members they will be assisting with the fee to participate in the GOES program.