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May 2, 2018
TSA Precheck Additions: Porter Air, Condor and SAS Among New Airlines
Six more airlines have joined the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program called Precheck, the agency announced Wednesday.
The carriers are Air Serbia, Condor Airlines, Porter Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and the United Kingdom and Scandinavian units of Thomas Cook Airlines.
The additions bring the total to 52 domestic and international airlines. Precheck is available at 200 airports. The program rose past 5 million participants last July.
The advantage to Precheck is that in exchange for travelers providing personal information about themselves, they can leave laptops and small containers of liquids in their carry-on bags, and leave their shoes and belts on through the metal detector.
The program costs $85 for five years. Applicants must provide some biographical information, pass a background check and provide fingerprints.
Other expedited screening programs at the Department of Homeland Security, such as Global Entry for international travelers, include Precheck. The department has a comparison site to determine which program is the best fit.
The Precheck expansion comes as TSA has tightened the screening in regular checkpoint lines. Travelers are asked to take any electronics larger than phones out of carry-on bags, and sometimes even snacks, to reduce clutter in the X-ray images.
Even Precheck members occasionally receive more intense scrutiny.
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By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY.
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