TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening initiative that is expanding to airports across the country. Implementing a key component of the TSA’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA PreCheck enhances aviation security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate to expedite the travel experience.
Passengers the TSA determines are eligible for TSA PreCheck receive screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:
In addition, accompanying passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling with eligible passengers (parent or guardian).
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.
For security reasons, the TSA cannot provide specifics about screening procedures. Volunteered participant information is used to make an intelligence-driven risk assessment that could allow some travelers to qualify for expedited screening.
No, not all airports have a TSA PreCheck lane, and those that do might not have TSA PreCheck at every checkpoint. Learn more about participating Southwest Airlines airports or for more information on checkpoint locations and hours of operation, visit tsa.gov.
All TSA PreCheck participants are identified every time they fly and will receive a notification on their boarding passes even if TSA PreCheck lane(s) are not available at their departure airport(s). At this time, the TSA is unable to filter selection results to exclude flights departing from airports TSA PreCheck that do not have TSA PreCheck.
After verifying whether or not your departure airport has an open TSA PreCheck lane at your security checkpoint, look for signs with the TSA PreCheck logo at the entrance to the checkpoint lanes.
Customers who do not meet the necessary requirements (“TSA PRE” printed in the upper left hand corner of the boarding pass) are not eligible to accompany you through the lane at this time. However, accompanying passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling with eligible passengers (parent or guardian).
No, TSA PreCheck and the Southwest Airlines Fly By Priority Lane are not the same and will continue to operate separately from one other. A-List and A-List Preferred Members as well as Customers flying on a Business Select fare will be able to utilize the Fly By security lanes in participating airports regardless of TSA PreCheck eligibility.
While we recommend utilizing the TSA PreCheck lane if given the opportunity, you are not required to do so.
The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. Therefore, while passengers with the TSA PreCheck indicator have been pre-cleared to access the TSA PreCheck lane no passenger is ever guaranteed expedited screening.
For any questions about TSA PreCheck or the TSA, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/contact-us.