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The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) announced last week that the PreCheck program are being expanded to five more airlines effectively immediately. The program now includes a total of 42 TSA PreCheck airlines.

5 airlines added to TSA Precheck

The expansion includes both 3 Asian airlines, one european airlines, and an aviation name I am not familiar with:

  • All Nippon Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Korean Airlines
  • Finnair
  • Contour Aviation (Anyone heard of this before?)

The latest addition is welcome news to me since I travel a lot on Cathay Pacific to China via Hong Kong. Even when I travel in premium classes with Cathay, the security line at SFO International Terminal can be long and chaotic. I often wished there was TSA PreCheck! With the latest addition, the only two top Asian airlines yet to join TSA Precheck are Japan Airlines and Asiana Airlines. Hopefully that would happen soon!

TSA program now has 42 PreCheck Airlines

The latest expansion brings the number of airlines participating in the TSA PreCheck programs to 37. The other 37 TSA PreCheck airlines are:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Line
  • Dominican Wings
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • InterCaribbean Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Key Lime Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Miami Air International
  • OneJet
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • Swift Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • Xtra Airways

What is TSA PreCheck and how to get it for free

TSA 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.

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

[See top credit card offers here]

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 overseas, whether it is Mexico or Asia, we rarely have to wait at customs.

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