TSA PreCheck FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is expedited screening that is expanding to airports across the U.S. and is part of a broader intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security. The TSA PreCheck initiative enhances aviation security and expedites the travel experience for individuals who are selected.

How do i add TSA PreCheck to my profile?

Simply log in and visit Basic Info in your profile.

If I qualify for TSA PreCheck, will I receive expedited screening each time I travel?

Because TSA always incorporates random security measures, customer selection for expedited screening through TSA PreCheck is determined on a flight-by-flight basis. No one is guaranteed selection.

What are the benefits of TSA PreCheck?

Those eligible and selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to participate in TSA PreCheck are directed to a dedicated screening lane, where they may not need to remove:

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


In addition, passengers 12 years old and younger who are accompanied by eligible travelers may also access the TSA PreCheck lanes.

Who is eligible for expedited screening through TSA PreCheck?

All passengers are eligible for expedited screening based on the secure flight passenger date (SFPD) that carriers are required to send to TSA.  At Delta, SkyMiles members may opt in by storing their Secure Flight Personal Data in their SkyMiles profile. Your profile information must match exactly what is on your passport, driver’s license or other government-issued ID. Once you opt in, the TSA is responsible for selecting participants on a per-flight-segment basis.

You may increase your likelihood of being selected for TSA PreCheck by signing up for a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, including Global EntrySENTRI and NEXUS, or by completing the TSA PreCheck Application Program at a TSA Application Center.

Although participants in the CBP's Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI) and frequent travelers who have opted in are eligible for expedited screening, no one is guaranteed it.

How can someone sign up to participate?

There are several options available to ensure passengers are eligible to be selected for TSA PreCheck on their next flight:

1. Opt in by storing your Secure Passenger Data and/or Known Traveler ID as part of your frequent flyer profile. The TSA will review this information on a flight-by-flight basis and use it to help determine who is selected.

2. If you have already opted in, the TSA will use customer information supplied by the airline to determine eligibility.

3. For passengers who travel internationally, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry can increase your likelihood of being selected for TSA PreCheck and provide expedited Customs screening upon arrival into the U.S. Visit www.globalentry.gov to learn more.

4. Passengers who do not fly internationally should consider the TSA PreCheck Application program to increase their chances of being selected. To participate in the TSA PreCheck Application Program, customers must complete a pre-enrollment form online and then visit one of the newly opened Application Centers across the country to finish the process. A fee of $85 is required for a five-year membership.

Visit www.TSA.gov/tsa-precheck for additional resources and more information on how to increase your chances of being selected.

What should I do if I registered to participate and provided my information, but am not being chosen for expedited screening?

To be considered for expedited screening, passengers must be opted in to TSA PreCheck by storing their Secure Passenger Data and/or Known Traveler ID as part of their frequent flyer profile. Passengers can also increase their likelihood of being selected by participating in a CBP Trusted Traveler Program or completing the TSA PreCheck Application Program. Ensure that your profile information matches exactly what is on your passport and/or CBP program enrollment, including your middle name, if applicable. Please note the TSA, not Delta, selects individuals for expedited screening, and no individual can be guaranteed expedited screening.

 

At which airports does Delta participate in TSA PreCheck?

Please visit the TSA's website to view a map of participating airports or download the location chart. The TSA is working to expand TSA PreCheck to more locations.

Will participants know in advance that they have been cleared for expedited screening?

Yes. Customers will be able to find the pre-notification indicator “TSA PRECHK” on the boarding pass underneath the passenger name field. On mobile boarding passes, the TSA PreCheck logo will appear at the top-right corner above the barcode. Please note that if you are eligible for TSA pre-screening, the logo will appear on boarding passes throughout your itinerary, regardless of whether pre-screening lanes are available at your departure airport(s).

In addition, the eligibility status will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass. The TSA will scan the barcode at TSA PreCheck checkpoints as a final determination of the customer’s eligibility status.

Are travel companions eligible for TSA PreCheck as well?

Passengers who do not meet the necessary requirements are not eligible to participate at this time. However, passengers 12 years old and younger who are accompanied by eligible travelers are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes as part of the TSA's modified screening procedures.

What will the TSA do as part of the "pre-screening" of participants?

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.

 
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