TSA has announced it plans to cut back on the number of non-PreCheck travelers they will allow into PreCheck lanes.
Also last week the Transportation Security Administration expanded its expedited security service to 11 additional airlines at more than 180 U.S. airports.
The combination means you now have two excellent reasons to invest in getting PreCheck approved now!
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved travelers to keep their shoes, jackets and belts on during security screening, while keeping liquids and laptops inside their bags. Travelers must complete an application, interview and pay a fee of $85 for five years or $17 per year to get the service.
TSA PreCheck is great for crew traveling out of uniform, saving time getting thru TSA at a number of airport.
The new airlines that just joined the program are Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic and Xtra Airways.
Those that were already participating include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.
Starting this month, TSA said they will significantly reduce access to TSA PreCheck expedited screening for non-enrolled travelers TSA also said “This is part of the natural progression of the TSA PreCheck program. In the future, we intend to only have enrolled or pre-vetted passengers, or those screened by K9s, in the expedited screening lanes.”
So if you like short lines, the time is now to apply for PreCheck.