TSA is now using its Secure Flight system to identify travelers who may be eligible for expedited screening at airports with TSA Pre✓™ lanes using information already collected and provided to TSA by the airlines. This program is used on a flight-by-flight basis and will not require passengers to enroll in a DHS Trusted Traveler program.
Passengers who are a match to a watchlist will continue to receive appropriate screening. For all other passengers, the analysis of this data will determine whether passengers will receive expedited or standard screening. This allows TSA to tailor and focus its physical screening more effectively and efficiently and thus facilitate more secure and efficient travel of all passengers, while improving the passenger experience.
If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening for a particular flight, 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. Many participating airlines print a TSA Pre✓™ indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am not enrolled in a trusted traveler program, why did I receive TSA Pre✓™ on my last trip?
A. TSA has begun to identify passengers who may be eligible for expedited screening through a risk-based analysis of passenger data. Using the same Secure Flight data that passengers have provided for years, TSA’s risk-based analysis will allow TSA to maintain its high security standards, create greater efficiency and improve the passenger experience while ensuring as many travelers as possible experience the benefit of expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ lanes.
Q. Am I required to opt-in to receive TSA Pre✓™ benefits under TSA’s new initiative?
A. No. Passengers will not be required to opt-in or enroll in TSA Pre✓™ to receive the opportunity for expedited screening on a flight-by-flight basis.
Q. What data will TSA access in order to make this assessment? Will Secure Flight access any additional databases beyond the Terrorist Screening Database when making the determination?
A. Using the same Secure Flight data that passengers have provided for years, TSA’s risk-based analysis will determine whether passengers are eligible to receive expedited screening, or will undergo standard or enhanced screening. TSA will not use commercial data as part of this process and retains this information for no more than a seven-day period.
Q. Will my credit card information be used or shared?
A. No. TSA will not be collecting or accessing any commercial data, including credit card numbers. Using the same Secure Flight data that passengers have provided for years, TSA’s risk-based analysis will increase the number of travelers who may be eligible for TSA Pre✓™.
Q. Could I receive additional screening, such as pat-down, based on the results of the new Secure Flight Risk-Based Assessment system?
A. No. TSA has other screening processes for determining which passengers must receive more rigorous screening. However, if a passenger alarms during screening, a pat-down may be necessary to resolve an alarm.