Delta, United and US Airways are now alerting passengers if they are eligible for the faster PreCheck security lanes via a notation on their boarding passes. It’s not always easy to find, so look carefully at the image of the Delta boarding pass and find more examples here.
Other PreCheck-participating airlines including Alaska and American don’t yet provide such notifications, but the TSA says they’re working on this and expect it sometime in the “coming months.”
Hear air travel expert Rick Seaney on his personal security experiences:
Why PreCheck is So Popular
Travelers say PreCheck lanes are worth it. The lines are significantly shorter and it allows passengers to avoid some of the more tedious aspects of standard security lanes, as follows:
- PreCheck participants can keep their shoes on
- Can leave their liquids/toiletries bag in their carry-on
- Laptops can stay in the carry-on
- No jacket or belt removal required
How to Access Faster PreCheck Security
There are two main ways of gaining access: Invitations from airlines to their frequent flying passengers and admittance to one of the government’s Trust Traveler programs and you can learn more about that here.
There are now 40 U.S. airports with PreCheck lanes, including most of the major hubs but also several smaller cities including Austin, Indianapolis and the latest entry, Raleigh/Durham.
Two Passenger Cautions about PreCheck
Please note the following:
1. Your boarding pass may indicate you are eligible even though the airport you’re traveling on does not just offer TSA PreCheck boarding. Check the list of participating airports before you fly.
2. Even if you’re eligible and your airport offers this streamlined security, you may be pulled from PreCheck and sent through the standard line. The TSA says it’s just part of its multi-layered approach to screening which incorporates “random, unpredictable” security measures.