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 access the TSA PreCheck lanes if they have a TSA PreCheck logo on their boarding pass. To be eligible to receive the TSA PreCheck logo on their boarding pass, the passenger between the ages of 13 and 17 must be on the same airline reservation with a TSA PreCheck-eligible parent or guardian.  However, they will not have access to TSA PreCheck lanes if they are on a separate reservation from their parent or guardian or if the TSA PreCheck logo is not included on their boarding pass. In these cases, they must go through standard security screening.
  • 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.

Please note, no individual is guaranteed expedited screening because TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.