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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck® expedited screening program with the addition of new airline groups.
The new additions include LATAM Airlines Group, TAM-Linhas Aereas S.A., LAN Peru S.A. and Aerolane Lineas Aereas Nacionales del Ecuador, which collectively offers an extensive range of destinations throughout South America.
In addition, Air Choice One was added to the program which provides service domestically within the United States. These new airlines bring the total number of TSA PreCheck participating domestic and international carriers to 82.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. Travel with ease by enrolling in TSA PreCheck and avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food items, laptops and light jackets. In February 2021, 100% of passengers in TSA PreCheck lanes waited less than five minutes.
TSA PreCheck is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport or when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the United States. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. lawful permanent residents can apply for TSA PreCheck for a cost of $85 for a five-year membership.
Once approved, travelers receive a unique “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) that, when added to an airline reservation, makes them eligible to use TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints nationwide when traveling on any of the 82 participating airlines. Most new enrollees receive a KTN within three to five days.
Other passengers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck include members of the three U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs – Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, use the Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler comparison tool. TSA PreCheck is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard.
Enrolled airline passengers should look for the TSA Pre✓® indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA Pre✓®) on their boarding pass to know if they are eligible for TSA PreCheck screening before their flight.
Existing members who enrolled prior to September 2016 are now eligible to renew their TSA PreCheck membership. To keep enjoying TSA PreCheck benefits, individuals may renew up to six months before their membership expiration date.