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TSA PreCheck®

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:

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • Belt

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 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: Although participants in the CBP's Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and the TSA PreCheck Application Program) and Rapid Rewards Members who have opted into the program are eligible for expedited screening, no one is guaranteed expedited screening. Eligibility is determined by the TSA on a per-flight segment basis. Additionally, if a Customer’s Southwest reservation has an international destination TSA Precheck is not currently supported.


How does it work?

When an eligible Rapid Rewards Member receives notification that he/she is eligible for expedited screening, Southwest Airlines will share certain information with the TSA Secure Flight System.

Note: Only reservations booked after you become eligible will qualify for expedited screening.

Trusted Traveler participants will need to provide their CBP-assigned PASS ID number in the "Known Traveler #" field during the booking process at® and 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.)

traveler info pass ID

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.

rapid reward member preferences

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.

tsa pre boarding pass

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
City Airport Code Airport Name
Albany, NY ALB Albany International Airport
Albuquerque, NM ABQ Albuquerque International Airport
Atlanta, GA ATL Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Austin, TX AUS Austin International Airport
Harford, CT BDL Bradley International Airport
Birmingham, AL BHM Birmingham International Airport
Nashville, TN BNA Nashville International Airport
Boise, ID BOI Boise Airport
Boston, MA BOS Logan International Airport
Buffalo/Niagara, NY BUF Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Burbank, CA BUR Burbank Airport
Baltimore/Washington, MD BWI Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Akron/Canton, OH CAK Akron-Canton Airport
Charleston, SC CHS Charleston International Airport
Cleveland, OH CLE Cleveland International Airport
Charlotte, NC CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Columbus, OH CMH Port Columbus International Airport
Dallas, TX DAL Dallas Love Field
Dayton, OH DAY Dayton International Airport
Washington, DC DCA Reagan National Airport
Denver, CO DEN Denver International Airport
Des Moines, IA DSM Des Moines International Airport
Detroit, MI DTW Detroit Metro Airport
El Paso, TX ELP El Paso International Airport
Newark, NJ EWR Newark Liberty International Airport
Ft. Lauderdale, FL FLL Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Spokane, WA GEG Spokane International Airport
Grand Rapids, MI GRR Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC GSP Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
Houston, TX HOU Houston Hobby Airport
Washington, DC IAD Washington Dulles International Airport
Wichita, KS ICT Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
Indianapolis, IN IND Indianapolis International Airport
Jacksonville, FL JAX Jacksonville International Airport
Las Vegas, NV LAS Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Los Angeles, CA LAX Los Angeles International Airport
Little Rock, AR LIT Little Rock National Airport
Kansas City, MO MCI Kansas City International Airport
Orlando, FL MCO Orlando International Airport
Chicago, IL MDW Chicago Midway International Airport
Memphis, TN MEM Memphis International Airport
Manchester, NH MHT Manchester Airport
Milwaukee, WI MKE General Mitchell International Airport
Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN MSP Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport
New Orleans, LA MSY Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Oakland, CA OAK Oakland International Airport
Oklahoma City, OK OKC Oklahoma Airport
Omaha, NE OMA Omaha Eppley Airfield Airport
Ontario, CA ONT Ontario International Airport
Norfolk,VA ORF Norfolk International Airport
West Palm Beach, FL PBI Palm Beach International Airport
Portland, OR PDX Portland International Airport
Philadelphia, PA PHL Philadelphia International Airport
Phoenix, AZ PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Pittsburgh, PA PIT Pittsburg International Airport
Pensacola, FL PNS Pensacola International Airport
Providence, RI PVD T F Green International Airport
Portland, ME PWM Portland International Jetport
Raleigh/Durham, NC RDU Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Richmond, VA RIC Richmond International Airport
Reno/Tahoe, NV RNO Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Rochester, NY ROC Greater Rochester International Airport
Ft. Myers, FL RSW Southwest Florida International Airport
San Diego, CA SAN San Diego International Airport
San Antonio, TX SAT San Antonio International Airport
Louisville, KY SDF Louisville International Airport
Seattle/Tacoma, WA SEA Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
San Francisco, CA SFO San Francisco International Airport
San Jose, CA SJC Mineta San Jose International Airport
San Juan, PR SJU Luis Munoz Martin International Airport
Salt Lake, City, UT SLC Salt Lake City International Airport
Sacramento, CA SMF Sacramento International Airport
Orange County, CA SNA John Wayne Airport
St. Louis, MO STL Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Tampa, FL TPA Tampa International Airport
Tulsa, OK TUL Tulsa International Airport
Tucson, AZ TUS Tucson International Airport

For additional information on the TSA PreCheck program, read our Frequently Asked Questions or visit

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