WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to include eligible customers of Southwest Airlines. Today’s announcement makes a total of eight domestic carriers including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. TSA Pre✓™ operations are available at 100 airports nationwide. More than 18 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011.
“Working with Southwest Airlines to offer TSA Pre✓™ underscores our commitment to increase the number of Americans eligible for expedited screening, while protecting the traveling public,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “Expanding TSA Pre✓™ to additional carriers and airports gives us the opportunity to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible.”
Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs — including Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards — invited by participating airlines. Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program qualify to participate. Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll in TSA Pre✓™.
If a Southwest Airlines 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. Southwest Airlines 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.
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.