Do children need to apply for TSA PreCheck®?

It depends on their age and whether they are traveling with a parent or guardian who has enrolled in TSA PreCheck:

  • Children 12 and under may accompany an enrolled parent or guardian in the TSA PreCheck lanes without restriction.
  • Children 13-17 may join enrolled adults when traveling on the same reservation and if the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the child’s boarding pass.
  • Any child traveling alone routinely may want to enroll in the program.

Please note, adults using gate passes to accompany children traveling alone will be directed to standard screening as gate passes are excluded from TSA PreCheck benefits. This applies even if the gate pass holder has enrolled in TSA PreCheck. The adult will not be permitted to join the child in the TSA PreCheck lane.