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The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) announced on Thursday this week that the PreCheck program are being expanded to 11 airlines effectively immediately. The program now includes a total of 30 TSA PreCheck airlines.
11 airlines added to TSA PreCheck
The expansion includes both foreign and domestic airlines operating within the United States:
- Aruba Airlines
- Boutique Airlines
- Key Lime Air
- Miami Air International
- Southern Airways Express
- Spirit Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Xtra Airways
Anyone excited about Spirit Airlines being added to TSA? 😉
The program now has 30 TSA PreCheck Airlines
The latest expansion brings the number of airlines participating in the TSA PreCheck programs to 30. The other 19 existing TSA PreCheck airlines are: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America, and WestJet.
What is TSA PreCheck and how to get it for free
TPA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows passengers who have undergone background checks to move through expedited security lanes without taking off their shoes or removing electronics from their bags. You can find out more on TSA website. Travel & Leisure also has a good article on everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck.
You can apply for TSA PreCheck for a cost of $85 for five years. You are also eligible for TSA PreCheck if you are a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry and NEXUS for Canadian citizens. TSA PreCheck is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.
The following credit cards reimburse application fees to the TSA PreCheck program or Global Entry program:
- All versions of American Express Platinum Cards
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ritz Carlton
- Citi Prestige
Airport security lines and custom lines are long these days, especially during peak travel seasons. I applied for Global Entry for the entire family in early 2015 and honestly I don’t know how to travel with it anymore. Even with 3 kids, we would zip through security lines, leaving our shoes and jackets on. Coming back from oversea, whether it is Mexico or Asia, we never had to wait at customs (well except that one time when the machine wouldn’t read my fingerprints but I finally got it worked after 20 minutes.)