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The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) announced this week that the PreCheck program are being expanded to seven more domestic and international airlines effectively immediately. The program now includes a total of 37 TSA PreCheck airlines.

7 airlines added to TSA PreCheck

The expansion includes both foreign and domestic airlines operating within the United States, and 3 of these airlines are Star Alliance partners:

  • Copa Airlines
  • Dominican Wings
  • InterCaribbean Airways
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swift Air
  • Turkish Airlines

3 of the 7 new TSA PreCheck airlines are Star Aliance partners: Copa, Singapore and Turkish Airlines. I am excited that Singapore Airlines are being added to TSA, as it is my top airline choice to Hong Kong along with Cathay Pacific. It is also nice to see Copa Airlines being added as well. I might fly them to St Maarten next summer via Panama City.

TSA program now has 37 PreCheck Airlines

The latest expansion brings the number of airlines participating in the TSA PreCheck programs to 37. The other 30 TSA PreCheck airlines are:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Key Lime Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Miami Air International
  • OneJet
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • Xtra Airways

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.

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

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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.)

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