WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓® to include eligible customers of Lufthansa.
TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables trusted travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 180 U.S. airports. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 compliant liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Enrollment in TSA Pre✓® costs $85, an average cost of $17 per year.
“Ensuring the security of all fliers is always our top priority, and TSA Pre✓® allows us to focus on individuals we know less about,” said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “As we continue to strengthen our partnerships, like with Lufthansa, we are working to provide a better screening experience without compromising security.”
Today’s announcement makes a total of 18 carriers that participate in TSA Pre✓®: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet. In July 2016, 97 percent of TSA Pre✓® passengers experienced wait times of five minutes or less.
Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓® include: members of the TSA Pre✓ application programme and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry and NEXUS for Canadian citizens. TSA Pre✓® 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 Lufthansa now have the opportunity to receive TSA Pre✓® when utilizing boarding passes from ticket agents or automated kiosks in the departure lobby. Lufthansa will offer TSA Pre✓® on home-printed and mobile boarding passes in coming weeks.
If a Lufthansa passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre✓® 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 Pre✓® lane. The airline will also print a TSA Pre✓® 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 and business travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.