TSA Working to Expand PreCheck Program

Delta Air Lines has been a longstanding partner of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the introduction of Risk-Based Security (RBS) initiatives like TSA PreCheck. Since the launch of TSA PreCheck, millions of travelers have benefitted from expedited screening procedures at locations across the U.S.  Now, as the TSA looks to continue its strategy to move away from a one-size-fits-all screening process and toward a program that places greater emphasis on evaluating risk, Delta continues to work closely with the TSA to improve the airport and travel experience.

TSA PreCheck expansion to additional airports

In September 2013, the TSA announced that the TSA PreCheck program will expand from the 40 airports currently in the program to 100 by the end of the year, while also increasing the number of lanes at existing stations.  To view the announcement and a list of current and upcoming TSA PreCheck locations, please click here.

TSA PreCheck Application Program Update

As announced, the TSA PreCheck Application Program is scheduled to roll out in November 2013. The program will allow customers without a passport the opportunity to apply for expedited screening through TSA PreCheck lanes. Beginning with two new enrollment centers, one at Indianapolis (IND) and one at Washington Dulles (IAD), the TSA expects to offer additional on- and off-airport enrollment centers by the end of the year, including Atlanta (ATL),  Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD),  Denver (DEN),  Las Vegas (LAS), Miami ( MIA), Nashville (BNA), New York- JFK, New York-La Guardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington Reagan (DCA). 

More passengers to experience expedited screening through TSA Risk Assessment for TSA PreCheck Eligibility

Previously, only customers enrolled in a Customs Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program or members of an airline’s frequent flyer program who opted in were eligible to receive TSA PreCheck.  Going forward, to make additional passengers eligible for expedited screening, the TSA is expanding its TSA Risk Assessment screening using Secure Flight Passenger Data, which is already provided by airlines to the TSA. This information includes age, gender and details about a passenger’s flight. Customers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck will have an indicator on their paper or mobile boarding pass.   While additional travelers will receive expedited screening, it will not occur with the same level of consistency as it would for customers enrolled in a CBP Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS or future members of the TSA PreCheck Application Program.   

How to receive TSA PreCheck eligibility on a more consistent basis

While no option ever guarantees a customer will receive TSA PreCheck, Delta customers who would like to receive expedited screening benefits from TSA PreCheck on a more consistent basis are encouraged to consider the following options:

  • Apply for the new TSA PreCheck Application Program when it becomes available
  • Apply for a CBP Trusted Traveler program such as Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI. For details about Global Entry, please click here. For information about NEXUS or SENTRI, please click here.  
  • Opt-in as an eligible frequent flyer after receiving an invitation from Delta Air Lines

Additional Information

Customers are encouraged to visit the TSA’s website (www.tsa.dhs.gov) or call the TSA Contact Center at 1-866-289-9673 or TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov for more information about the programs listed above and about TSA PreCheck

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is a risk-based security initiative that allows eligible customers the opportunity to clear security without having to remove shoes, belts and light outerwear and laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids from their carry-on bag. The expedited process reduces time spent in checkpoint queues meaning customers can get to their gate more quickly. TSA PreCheck is available to those customers flying on both domestic and international itineraries departing from the United States. 

Where can I find the TSA PreCheck lane?

Each airport layout differs but Delta and the TSA will have agents and directional signage to direct customers to the appropriate lane.   

How will I know if I’ve received TSA PreCheck?

Customers will be alerted to their eligibility for expedited screening through an indicator on their paper or mobile boarding pass:

  • Online Check-in: For customers who utilize online check-in, “TSA PRECHK” will appear on the boarding pass in the upper left corner below the passenger name.
  • Kiosk-Printed Boarding Pass: Customers who print their boarding pass at an airport kiosk will see “TSA PRECHK” in the upper left corner of the boarding pass.
  • Mobile Boarding Pass: For those customers using the Fly Delta mobile app, the TSA PreCheck logo will appear in the top right corner above the barcode.
  • Agent-Printed Boarding Pass: Boarding passes printed at a Delta ticket counter or in a Delta Sky Club® will have the TSA PRECHK indicator in the upper left corner of the boarding pass..

I didn’t sign up for anything, why did I get TSA PreCheck?

To expand TSA PreCheck to more travelers and make security screening more seamless, the TSA has made its expedited screening initiative available to the general traveling public using passenger information already provided by airlines via Secure Flight data transmissions.

Previously, only customers enrolled in a Customs Border Protection Trusted Traveler program or members of an airline’s frequent flyer program who opted-in were eligible to receive TSA PreCheck.

Why didn’t my travel companion get TSA PreCheck and I did?

The TSA determines eligibility for expedited screening under the TSA PreCheck program. Each passenger is vetted separately. To more consistently experience the benefits of TSA PreCheck, customers are encouraged to sign up for Global Entry or the TSA PreCheck Application Program.

I don’t fly often but would like to get TSA PreCheck when I do fly. How can I get expedited screening fairly consistently?  

Customers who would like to receive expedited screening benefits on a fairly consistent basis should sign up for the TSA PreCheck Application Program or a CBP Trusted Traveler program such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. Customers who opt to not apply for these programs may receive TSA PreCheck on some flights but not others as eligibility will be determined on a per-flight segment basis.

I don’t have a passport but fly several times per year and want to speed through the security line, what should I do?

Customers who do not travel internationally or do not have a passport but would like the benefits of TSA PreCheck on a consistent basis are encouraged to apply for the TSA PreCheck Application Program. The TSA will roll out stations across the country in the next year to support new entrants to the program. Visit tsa.dhs.gov for more information.

I travel internationally a few times per year and don’t want to have to wait for security screening, what’s the best option for me?

Customers with a passport who travel internationally and would like to be eligible for TSA PreCheck screening on a regular basis, should sign up for a CBP Trusted Traveler program like Global Entry. Once approved, customers can expect to receive expedited screening benefits as well as the added benefit of speeding through the Federal Inspection Site (FIS) at many international gateways across the U.S. and Canada.

Where can I find out more information?

Customers are encouraged to visit the TSA’s website (www.tsa.dhs.gov) or call the TSA Contact Center at 1-866-289-9673 or TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov for more information about the programs listed above and about TSA PreCheck. 

 
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