The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its TSA Pre✓ expedited screening program to American citizens traveling overseas on select routes.
Since its launch in 2011, TSA Pre✓ has been available to U.S. citizens only for domestic travel within the U.S.
The expansion of TSA Pre✓ for international travelers started May 7, 2013.
Benefits of TSA Pre✓
Approved travelers get access to special security lines at 40 airports in the U.S. and are allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.
Effective May 7, eligible American citizens traveling overseas on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways will enjoy the same expedited screening benefits.
Frequent flyers wanting to join the TSA Pre✓ program do so by opting in via their airline's system.
Once the passenger opts in, the airline identifies the individual as a participant when submitting passenger reservation information to TSA’s Secure Flight system.
Members of Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS and Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS, are also eligible to participate in the expedited TSA Pre✓ screening at select checkpoints in the U.S.
TSA has not disclosed details of the screening procedure for TSA Pre✓ except to say that, "Volunteered participant information is used to make an intelligence-driven risk assessment that could allow some travelers to qualify for expedited screening."