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Transportation Security Administration


Transport Security Administration (TSA) Pre-check program

aims to deliver the most effective transport security from and within US territories.  It is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers can apply for the TSA Pre-check Application Program to determine if they are low-risk and eligible to receive expedited screening.  Learn more about TSA Pre-check

 

TSA Pre-check Frequently Asked Questions



Can foreign citizens participate in TSA Pre-check program?

To be eligible to participate in TSA Pre-check, foreign citizens must meet specific citizenship/residency requirements. Before you apply, we recommend that you review the various DHS trusted traveler programs such as the TSA Pre-check Application Program, Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.


 

Does the name on my airline reservation have to match the name on my application?

Yes. The name submitted on your airline reservation must be an exact match to the name you provided on your application. If you use a frequent flyer account or online travel profile, ensure that your name is properly saved.

 

How was the application fee determined?

The application fee covers an in-depth background check, fingerprinting, identity verification, and other administrative costs of the program.

 


How will I know that I have TSA Pre-check?

Participating airlines print a TSA Pre-check indicator directly on your boarding pass if you are eligible for TSA Pre-check on that flight. In addition to the indicator, TSA Pre-check eligibility is embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass. Once the boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, the TSA officer may refer you to the TSA Pre-check lane. If you do not have a valid boarding pass with TSA Pre-check embedded in the barcode, you cannot access the TSA Pre-check lane.

  


Is there an age restriction to apply for TSA Pre-check?

There is no age restriction to apply for TSA Pre-check. However, family members ages 12 and under traveling with an eligible parent or guardian with a TSA Pre-check indicator on their boarding pass can participate in expedited screening.

 


Who can apply for TSA Pre-check?

The TSA Pre-check application program membership is only open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents. Applicants may be ineligible due to incomplete or false application information, violations of transportation security regulations, or disqualifying criminal offenses and factors.

 


How do I apply for TSA Pre-check?

It takes five minutes to submit an online application and schedule an in-person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting at an enrollment center.  Before you apply, we recommend that you review the various DHS trusted traveler programs, such as the TSA Pre-check Application Program, Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.


   

Will I receive an ID card or other credential to use TSA Pre-check lanes?

No. A TSA Pre-check indicator will be printed on your boarding pass and embedded in the barcode if you are eligible for TSA Pre-check on your flight. When TSA scans your boarding pass at the security checkpoint, you may be referred to a TSA Pre-check lane. We do not issue cards or credentials to access the TSA Pre-check lane.


Although members of Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI may be issued a card when approved for the program, you cannot use these cards to access the TSA Pre-check lane. A TSA Pre-check indicator will be printed on the boarding pass and embedded in the barcode if you are eligible for TSA Pre-check for your flight.

 


Can I use TSA Pre-check when flying from a U.S. airport to a foreign country?

Yes. TSA Pre-check is available when you depart from a U.S. airport to a foreign country and for domestic, connecting flights after you return to the United States. If you travel to foreign countries even once a year, consider enrolling in Global Entry instead of TSA Pre-check. With Global Entry you’ll receive expedited customs processing when entering the United States, plus you’ll receive TSA Pre-check when flying from U.S. airports.



Does my boarding pass indicate that I can use the TSA Pre-check lane?

Participating airlines print a TSA Pre-check indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA Pre-check) on boarding passes to help you recognize when you are eligible for TSA Pre-check on your flight.



I am traveling with my family, can they also use the TSA Pre-check lane?

Children ages 12 and younger may use the TSA Pre-check lane when traveling with a parent or guardian who has the indicator on their boarding pass. Travelers 13 and older who do not have a TSA Pre-check boarding pass must go through standard security lanes or apply. Before applying, TSA recommends reviewing the various DHS trusted traveler programs, such as the TSA Pre-check Application Program, Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI, to determine the best program for your family.



If I am TSA Pre-check eligible, am I guaranteed expedited screening?

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



If TSA Pre-check is not available at my airport, why was TSA Pre-check printed on my boarding pass?

Travelers are vetted for TSA Pre-check every time they fly. TSA and airlines do not limit printing of the TSA Pre-check indicator to participating airports.



Which airlines participate in TSA Pre-check?

Check the TSA Pre-check airports and airlines map for a current list of participating airlines.



Why can’t I use the TSA Pre-check lanes when traveling on any airline?

Passengers must be traveling on an airline that has entered into a partnership with TSA. Under this partnership, TSA works with the airline to establish system and checkpoint requirements and determine operation of TSA Pre-check lanes at airports.



How do I add my Known Traveler Number (KTN) to my frequent flyer profile on one of the participating airline?

Ask your airline(s) to update your profile information and/or saved Secure Flight data. By updating your airline profile, you still have to notify your airline to make sure your KTN/Secure Flight data is in each reservation correctly, with the same information used when applying for one of the trusted traveler programs. Some airlines may need proof of your full name to make changes to your frequent flyer profile. Please contact your airline directly for more information. Updating your frequent flyer profile will not automatically update any previous reservations.



How do I add my KTN to previous reservations?

Contact your airline by phone or online to add your KTN to any existing reservations or reservations made before you received your KTN. The airline also can confirm that your first/middle/last name are in the correct Secure Flight fields. The KTN will be submitted along with Secure Flight passenger data to TSA. Remember to enter your full name, date of birth and KTN exactly as you provided during enrollment.



How do I use my known traveler number or KTN?

Once you have been assigned a KTN, you must include this number in the ‘known traveler number’ field of each reservation you make with a participating airline. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, by phone with an airline reservation agent or with the travel management company making reservations. Save your KTN to any frequent flyer profiles, employer booking systems or online travel websites that you use.



I booked my travel via a third-party website and/or travel agency; will I receive TSA Pre-check?

We recommend calling your airline after making a reservation through a third-party website, such as Expedia and Orbitz, and/or travel agent to ensure your known traveler number, name and date of birth correctly transmitted from their system. On occasion, third-party systems may not properly transmit passenger data. Confirming that your information was received by the airline is the best way to ensure you receive proper consideration for TSA Pre-check on your next flight.



I forgot my KTN. How do I find it?

If you are a member of the TSA Pre-check Application Program, look up your KTN online .  If you are a member of another trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, log on to the Global Online Enrollment System or GOES account to obtain your PASSID, which is your KTN.



I have more than one KTN. Which should I use?

You may use any active KTN that you have been assigned. However, please verify that the airline has the first/middle/last name and correct date of birth that is associated with that KTN. Your individual reservation must include your KTN. Travelers can check with the airlines to verify their KTN is listed in their reservation. An incorrect name or date of birth on your reservation will prevent you from receiving proper consideration for TSA Pre-check.



Can I be disqualified/suspended from TSA Pre-check?

Yes. If you commit certain violations of federal security regulations, such as interference with security operations, access control violations, providing false or fraudulent documents, making a bomb threat, or bringing a firearm, explosive, or other prohibited item to an airport or onboard an aircraft, you are denied expedited screening for a period of time. The duration of disqualification from participation in TSA Pre-check is related to the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations.


If you have questions concerning your TSA Pre-check status, call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673. If you received a notice of violation, please contact your case agent.



What happens when my membership expires?

If you are interested in renewing your TSA Pre-check Application Program membership, you must apply again through the same process. If you are interested in renewing your membership with Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, you may submit an email, call (855) 873-4637, or visit the online information center.



How do I get TSA Pre-check as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces?

Enter the DoD ID number from the back of your common access card into the “known traveler number” field of your flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System profile for official travel.



Can I request to use the TSA Pre-check lane because of my disability or medical condition?

No. Only travelers who have a valid boarding pass with the TSA Pre-check indicator printed on the boarding pass and embedded in the barcode will have access to the TSA Pre-check lanes.



Can the fee for TSA Pre-check be waived because I have a disability or medical condition?

No. The application fee covers the cost of the background check and cannot be waived.



I need assistance during screening. Is there a number I can call before my flight?

TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
Contact us 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. You may call (855) 787-2227 or email TSA Cares.



What if I have TSA Pre-check and I use a wheelchair or scooter?

As a TSA Pre-check-eligible traveler, you are allowed to leave on your shoes, belt, and light jackets, unless instructed otherwise by a TSA officer.  TSA Pre-check -eligible travelers are also allowed to keep their laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on luggage. Your screening process is determined by your ability to stand and walk. If you can stand and walk without the support of a person or device, you may be screened using advanced imaging technology or walk-through metal detector. If you can neither stand nor walk, you will be screened by a pat-down while you remain seated.  A transportation security officer will physically inspect your wheelchair or scooter, including the seat cushions and any non-removable pouches or packs. If the wheelchair or scooter has any removable pouches or bags, you will need to remove them for x-ray screening.