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TSA PreCheck FAQs

Here are the some of the most frequently asked questions to help you learn what are the benefits of participating in TSA PreCheck.

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Why TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is similar to CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs in its effort to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way. It will allow pre-screened passengers to experience the benefits of expedited airport screening through special lanes at certain airports for domestic and international travel.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for TSA Precheck if you are in one of the following categories:

  • Frequent Flyers invited by their airlines
  • Travelers with a Known Traveler Number
  • Members of TSA PreCheck program
  • Members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs – NEXUS, Global Entry or SENTRI
  • Members of the USA Military Forces, the US Coast Guard and National Guard

How can I participate?

Individuals who are not already frequent flyers with their airline may still be able to participate in TSA PreCheck by applying for the program or applying for Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI.

Can I use TSA PreCheck on international flights?

Yes you can. TSA PreCheck is available domestic and international flights when departing from a U.S. airport that participates in TSA PreCheck.

How do I verify I have been approved for TSA PreCheck?

If you have been cleared for the program, you will have information embedded in the barcode of their boarding pass. Once the boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, you will be referred to a TSA PreCheck lane. The barcode will be printed on your boarding pass even if your airport is not participating in the program.

Will I receive an ID card to use TSA PreCheck lanes?

No. A TSA PreCheck indicator will be printed on your boarding pass and embedded in the barcode. When TSA officials scans your boarding pass at the security checkpoint, you may be referred to a TSA PreCheck lane. There are no cards or credentials to access the TSA Precheck lane. Members of Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI will be issued a card when approved for the program, however, they cannot use these cards to access the TSA Precheck lane.

If I have TSA Precheck can I use Global Entry kiosks?

TSA does not include Global Entry bebefits. To apply for global entry, please click here

How long is the TSA membership valid for?

TSA membership is valid for 5 years, subject to renewal.

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

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

Is there an age restriction to apply for TSA PreCheck?

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

 How do I update my personal information with TSA?

If you are a member of TSA Precheck , please call (855) 347-8371 weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, to make changes to your name, address, or other information contained in your records. You may also submit your inquiry online. You will be provided information regarding documentation needed to process the change.

In case you are a member of Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI program, please submit an email or call (855) 873-4637.

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. You can save your KTN to any frequent flyer profiles, employer booking systems or online travel websites that you use.

I forgot my KTN. How do I find it?

In case you are a member of the TSA Pre® 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 one should I use?

You can use any active KTN that you have been assigned. However, make sure 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 call the airlines to make sure 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®.

Can I be disqualified from TSA Precheck?

Yes you can be suspended from the program. If you commit certain violations of federal security regulations, such as interference with security procedures, access control violations, providing false or fraudulent documentation, making a bomb threat, or bringing a prohibited item to an airport or onboard an aircraft, you will be denied expedited screening for a certain period of time. The duration of your suspention is related to the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations.

Can I use the TSA PreCheck lane if I am disabled or if I have a medical condition?

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



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