TSA Pre-Check Adds 7 More Airlines to Program

TSA Pre-Check is becoming an increasingly popular program that offers you expedited entry through security at over 180 airports. With TSA Pre-Check, you don’t have to take off your shoes, belts, or light jackets and you get to keep your laptop and liquids inside your bag when going through security. You also get access to a priority line that typically much shorter than the standard security line (although that’s not always the case). It all might not sound like much, but it often makes the process of getting through the airport much less stressful.

New airlines added

Since its inception in 2011, TSA Pre-Check has been growing steadily over the years, constantly expanding its network to more airports and more airlines. Well, now TSA Pre-Check now has 7 new members to the family, making a total of 37 participants. The entire list of airlines is listed below with the new airlines bolded:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Dominican Wings
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • InterCaribbean Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Key Lime Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Miami Air International
  • OneJet
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • Swift Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • Xtra Airways

This is great news because it’s such a drag when you’re headed out on an amazing airline like Singapore Airlines but forced to wait through the standard security line because TSA Pre-Check didn’t apply. Luckily, more and more airlines are getting on board for the program and this is becoming less of an issue.

Alternative options to beat the lines

While TSA Pre-Check is great, I recommend most people to apply for Global Entry. That program will offer you expedited access through immigration and customs and it also comes with TSA Pre-Check. Global Entry costs $100 for five years but many credit cards offer credits that cover this fee, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve. If you buy TSA Pre-Check by itself, it will cost you $75 so that’s why many feel that Global Entry is the better deal, or if you transit through Canada a lot, NEXUS might be the better bargain.

If you still don’t want to spend any money to avoid lines and you’re going to be doing some international travel, then I suggest you look into enrolling into Mobile Passport since it’s free and will expedite you through immigration at many airports.

A more pricey option is to look into CLEAR which is a private program that allows you to skip the line whether you’re in the standard security line or TSA Pre-Check. But it costs $179/per year so it’s by far the most expensive program and I don’t recommend it unless you’re constantly traveling through airports during busy hours.

Overall, it’s great to see TSA Pre-Check expanding to these airlines, especially powerhouses like Singapore Airlines and even Turkish and Copa.

H/T: Running with Miles