As of April 1, 40 U.S. airports will offer TSA PreCheck screening which means more passengers will have a quicker trip through the airport.
5 New Airports Get PreCheck Lanes
PreCheck allows eligible passengers to forgo some of the more onerous and time-consuming rites of security screening; these travelers used dedicated PreCheck-only lanes and can keep shoes, belts and jackets on, laptops in cases, and zip-bagged liquids can remain inside carry-on bags (though all passengers must still must follow the guidelines which limit liquids to 3.4 ounce size containers only, which in turn must fit in a single quart-size bag).
But just wanting a quicker trip through security it not enough. There are two ways to join Precheck.
1. Get PreCheck Screening via Airline Miles Program
Some travelers become eligible via membership in miles programs and participating airlines include Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways. Downside: You must receive an invitation from your airline to get PreCheck screening.
2. Get PreCheck Screening via Government Traveler Programs
Another way to access PreCheck screening is to become a member of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program such as:
- Global Entry
Downside: You must pay a fee for these programs which varies from $25 to $123 – but many travelers say it’s a small price to pay for the convenience. Also, Canadians who are members of NEXUS are also accepted for PreCheck. See details about joining these programs at the Customs/Border Patrol website.
Always Faster? There are Exceptions
Even approved PreCheck members may get the regular security treatment from time to time, as the TSA reserves the right to pull people out of line for additional screening for any reason.