WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to include eligible customers of JetBlue Airways who utilize the airline’s mobile app. Today’s announcement makes a total of nine domestic carriers including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, 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 more than 100 airports nationwide, with nearly 20 of those locations offering expedited screening to JetBlue customers. More than 20 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011.
“TSA remains committed to working with our partners across the aviation community to provide travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “Expanding TSA Pre✓™ to JetBlue underscores our strong commitment to developing and deploying innovative security solutions to protect the nation’s transportation systems.”
Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ include 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. 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. Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll in TSA Pre✓™.
In order to utilize TSA Pre✓™ when flying JetBlue, customers must utilize their mobile app boarding pass at the security checkpoint. JetBlue will expand its participation in TSA Pre✓™ to include paper boarding passes (printed at home, from the check-in desk or from the kiosk in the departure lobby) by 2014.
If a JetBlue passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre✓™ indicator will be embedded in the barcode of their mobile app boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane. JetBlue will also place a TSA Pre✓™ indicator directly on the mobile app 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.