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TSA PreCheck is expanding

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a so-called TSA PreCheck program, which is an expedited screening program. It enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 US airports with 47 participating airlines nationwide.

PreCheck travelers do not need to remove shoes and can leave laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets in their carry-on bag. It is as if you are traveling before 9/11.

The PreCheck program first launched in October of 2011 and now over 200 US airports offer PreCheck.

Recently, the TSA announced the expansion of its PreCheck program to - despite the name - a domestic airline (World Atlantic) and 4 international carriers (Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Philippine Airlines).

Travelers who are US citizens, US nationals or lawful permanent residents of the US can apply for PreCheck for a cost of $85 (€70) for 5 years through the TSA PreCheck application program that includes an interview. Once approved, travelers will receive a “Known Traveler Number” to input when making an airline reservation.

Other passengers who are eligible for PreCheck are members of the 3 US Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs, Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. PreCheck is also available for US Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the US Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

To find the program that best suits your travel needs, you can use the Department of Homeland Security’s trusted traveler comparison tool.

Related: “How to expedite your entry into the USA

Tags: TSA PreCheck, aviation security, Trusted Traveler programs

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