The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the expansion of TSA Preâœ“Â® to include eligible customers of Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad Airways and Seaborne Airlines.
TSA Preâœ“Â® is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 160 U.S. airports. For TSA Preâœ“Â® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts.
â€œExpanding TSA Preâœ“Â® will enable more travelers to experience the programâ€™s benefits while improving security and reducing checkpoint wait times,â€ said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. â€œAs more people enroll, we will be better positioned to increase overall security effectiveness and create more efficiency in the screening process.â€
Todayâ€™s announcement makes a total of 16 carriers that participate in TSA Preâœ“Â®: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.
Passengers who are eligible for TSA Preâœ“Â® include: members of the TSA Preâœ“Â® application program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, Global Entry, and Canadian citizens who are members of CBPâ€™s NEXUS program. TSA Preâœ“Â® is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.
Travelers flying on Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad Airways and Seaborne Airlines will now have the opportunity to receive TSA Preâœ“Â® when utilizing a home-printed boarding pass, automated kiosks in the departure lobby, mobile boarding passes or boarding passes printed at the airport check-in desk.
If an Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad Airways or Seaborne Airlines passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Preâœ“Â®indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Preâœ“Â® lane. The airline will also print a TSA Preâœ“Â® indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance that they have been cleared for expedited screening.
As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures both seen and unseen throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.