Save Time at the Airport with TSA PreCheck™
Southwest Airlines® has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to participate in TSA PreCheck™, a pre-screening initiative that allows a select group of passengers the ability to move through security checkpoints with greater efficiency and ease when traveling.
What are the benefits?
Eligible participants will be allowed to use dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes in participating airports for screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:
- 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- Laptop from bag
- Light outerwear/jacket
Who is eligible?
Southwest Passengers that are eligible for TSA PreCheck include:
- U.S. Citizens who are members of a The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trusted Traveler program, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS
- Canadian Citizens who are members of NEXUS
- U.S. Citizens who are Rapid Rewards® Members that the TSA deems eligible and opt-in to participate in the program
- U.S. Citizens who have applied and been approved for the TSA PreCheck™ Application Program
- Any active duty, U.S. Armed Forces service members in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the Reserves and National Guard, with a DOD ID (Effective for travel on December 20th and after)
Additionally, using its Secure Flight system, the TSA will also proactively prescreen Passengers who are traveling, with the goal of possibly pre-clearing more Passengers to use TSA PreCheck lanes. These Passengers will not be required to “opt-in” via their Rapid Rewards account or include a KTN at time of booking. They also will not be required to submit any additional information, submit an application, or pay a fee. However, TSA will be able to provide some of these Passengers with the opportunity for expedited screening on a flight-by-flight basis by analyzing information already provided by Passengers through existing Secure Flight program requirements such as name, date of birth, and gender.
Accompanying passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling with eligible passengers (parent or guardian).
Please note: The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. In order to retain a certain element of randomness within the program, no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
How does it work?
When an eligible Rapid Rewards Member receives notification that he/she is eligible to opt-in to the program and chooses to participate or a Passenger includes a Known Traveler Number within a reservation, Southwest Airlines will share certain information with the TSA Secure Flight System.
Note: Only reservations booked after opting-in are eligible for TSA PreCheck.
Trusted Traveler participants will need to provide their CBP-assigned PASS ID number in the "Known Traveler #" field during the booking process at southwest.com® and swabiz.com. The passenger’s Trusted Traveler information will be submitted along with reservation information to TSA’s Secure Flight system. Trusted Traveler program members should also remember to enter their full name, date of birth, and PASS ID exactly as it appears on their membership card.
Any active duty, U.S. Armed Forces service members in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the Reserves and National Guard, can also include their DOD ID in the KTN field during booking. (Effective for travel on December 20th and after.)
Additionally, CBP Trusted Traveler participants can add their PASS ID number to their Rapid Rewards Member profile to have the number automatically sent to TSA when booking reservations. Remember, you must be logged into your Rapid Rewards account when booking a reservation for the information to prepopulate.
It is not necessary for CBP participants to also opt-in through a participating airline. Members are automatically eligible to participate by virtue of their enrollment in the CBP qualifying program.
If the TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA PreCheck security lanes, the text "TSA PRE" will appear in the upper left corner of their boarding pass or security document.
Please note: Even if "TSA PRE" is indicated on your boarding pass, the airport from which you are traveling might not be participating. At this time TSA is unable to filter selection results to exclude flights departing from airports where TSA PreCheck is unavailable.
Can anyone participate?
Interested Customers who do not receive a TSA opt-in invitation and are not already a member of a CBP Trusted Traveler program may still be able to opt-in TSA PreCheck by applying for one of CBP’s eligible programs or by applying via the TSA PreCheck Application Program. Learn more about Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Application program.
Which airports offer TSA PreCheck?
|TSA PreCheck expedited screening lanes continue to grow and are currently available in the following Southwest Airlines airport locations. For a complete list of all participation airports, visit http://www.tsa.gov.
||Albany International Airport
||Albuquerque International Airport
||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
||Austin International Airport
||Bradley International Airport
||Birmingham International Airport
||Nashville International Airport
||Logan International Airport
||Buffalo Niagara International Airport
||Baltimore/Washington International Airport
||Charleston International Airport
||Cleveland International Airport
||Charlotte Douglas International Airport
||Port Columbus International Airport
||Dallas Love Field
||Dayton International Airport
||Reagan National Airport
||Denver International Airport
|Des Moines, IA
||Des Moines International Airport
||Detroit Metro Airport
|El Paso, TX
||El Paso International Airport
||Newark Liberty International Airport
|Ft. Lauderdale, FL
||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
||Spokane International Airport
|Grand Rapids, MI
||Gerald R. Ford International Airport
||Houston Hobby Airport
||Washington Dulles International Airport
||Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
||Indianapolis International Airport
||Jacksonville International Airport
|Las Vegas, NV
||Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
|Los Angeles, CA
||Los Angeles International Airport
|New York, NY
|Little Rock, AR
||Little Rock National Airport
|Kansas City, MO
||Kansas City International Airport
||Orlando International Airport
||Chicago Midway International Airport
||Memphis International Airport
||General Mitchell International Airport
||Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport
|New Orleans, LA
||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
||Oakland International Airport
|Oklahoma City, OK
||Omaha Eppley Airfield Airport
||Ontario International Airport
||Norfolk International Airport
|West Palm Beach, FL
||Palm Beach International Airport
||Portland International Airport
||Philadelphia International Airport
||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
||Pittsburg International Airport
||Pensacola International Airport
||T F Green International Airport
||Portland International Jetport
||Raleigh-Durham International Airport
||Richmond International Airport
||Reno-Tahoe International Airport
||Greater Rochester International Airport
|Ft. Myers, FL
||Southwest Florida International Airport
|San Diego, CA
||San Diego International Airport
|San Antonio, TX
||San Antonio International Airport
||Louisville International Airport
||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
|San Francisco, CA
||San Francisco International Airport
|San Jose, CA
||Mineta San Jose International Airport
|San Juan, PR
||Luis Munoz Martin International Airport
|Salt Lake, City, UT
||Salt Lake City International Airport
||Sacramento International Airport
|Orange County, CA
||John Wayne Airport
|St. Louis, MO
||Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
||Tampa International Airport
||Tulsa International Airport
||Tucson International Airport
For additional information on the TSA PreCheck program, read our Frequently Asked Questions or visit www.tsa.gov.