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PreCheck FAQ:

What is PreCheck?

TSA Pre✓ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines, members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, or randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags. (from http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2)

What do I need to do to enroll in PreCheck?

There are two ways to enroll in PreCheck:

1. Be invited by Alaska Airlines, or
2. Sign up for a Trusted Traveler program

At this time, Alaska appears to have only invited a limited number of MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K flyers to use PreCheck. Anyone can sign up for a Trusted Traveler program, though.

See the Alaska Airlines PreCheck FAQ page for good, detailed information on how to ensure you are set to receive PreCheck benefits.

If you are relying on a Trusted Traveler program membership to grant PreCheck access, be sure your name in your "Personal Information" in your "Traveler Profile" (as specified in the link above) is an exact match with what is displayed in your online GOES profile. If it is not, then either contact Alaska to have your profile's name edited, or be sure to edit your SecureFlight data each time you book a new reservation so that your name is an exact match with your GOES profile. A mismatch is very likely to prevent you from being selected for PreCheck.

It is also possible that you have been randomly selected for PreCheck.

If you are randomly selected, you'll see the PreCheck logo displayed on your paper or mobile boarding pass. You'll have all the benefits of PreCheck status for that flight and can use the PreCheck lane in your city of departure.

Should I opt-in with AS or sign up for a Trusted Traveler program?

Opting in with AS is free.

The Trusted Traveler programs have an associated membership fee and interview process but grant additional benefits for international travelers Global Entry is $100 for a five-year membership, requires an interview at one of several enrollment centers across the US, and allows expedited re-entry into the U.S. NEXUS is $50 for a five-year membership, includes a complimentary Global Entry membership, requires an interview at one of a handful of selected enrollment centers near the Canadian border, and allows access to expedited lanes when crossing into Canada or the U.S. at a land crossing. SENTRI is similar to NEXUS but works for the Mexican border instead. Once you receive your approval letter, the numbers on the letter are your TSA PreCheck number. When scheduling your interview, it does not have to be the nearest center - so keep this in mind and consider your travels.

Reports are that those using a Trusted Traveler membership program tend to have higher PreCheck selection rates than those who simply opt in through AS. It's possible that elites who have opted in and provide a Known Traveler program number have the highest selection rates of all, although no method guarantees 100% selection for PreCheck.

How to Add Your PASSID to Existing Reservations

If you receive approval for PreCheck via Global Entry, Nexus or another Trusted Traveler program you will receive a card which (typically on the back) contains a PASSID number. For already existing AS reservations, go to the "My Trips" section of the Alaska website. Under each reservation, go to the "Traveler Information" section. On the right side is "Traveler Documentation." Click on the "Enter Required Documentation" link and select the traveler on the itinerary (if there is more than one traveler). Click the "Continue" button and then click on the "Enter Known Traveler/Redress Number" link. In the box for "Known Traveler Number" enter the PASSID that has been assigned. Click the "Continue" button and repeat as necessary until all the existing reservations have been populated with the PASSID.


What airports does AS participate in PreCheck?

See the map on TSA's site or download the PDF guide from TSA's site. Also note, though, if:

a) You are flying on AS, and
b) You have opted in to PreCheck, and
c) the airport has a PreCheck checkpoint (shown on the map or PDF), and
d) TSA doesn't randomly decide to deny you (hopefully not),

then (assuming you qualify for and have opted in to PreCheck) you will receive a PreCheck-enabled BP. Unless the PreCheck checkpoint leads to a concourse that is not attached to the concourse containing your departure gate, you can use PreCheck at that airport. It does not matter if TSA's map or PDF guide do not specify that Alaska participates at that particular airport.

Some airports have a version of PreCheck referred to as "PreCheck Lite." Those airports (either due to space or staffing limitations) modify the benefits of PreCheck --- you may need to remove your laptop and/or remove your liquids. Keep an eye out for signage in the PreCheck lane to see if modifications have been made to PreCheck at your departure airport. You may be able to leave your shoes on (unless they have metal shanks that will alarm) and you may be able to leave light coats and sweaters on.

Here is a list of airports and checkpoint locations confirmed by FlyerTalkers to work for AS flyers:

  • ANC (main [B/C] checkpoint)
  • ATL (south checkpoint)
  • BLI (see post 1450 re removal of liquids)
  • BOI (all passengers use one checkpoint)
  • BOS (terminal A)
  • DCA (south pier)
  • DEN (both north and south checkpoints)
  • DFW (Terminal E, near gate E15)
  • EWR (Terminal A3) Confirmed full-scale PreCheck, at least for the morning flight
  • FLL (terminal 1, concourse C--open late afternoon to accommodate AS #33)
  • GEG (Terminal C, left side of existing checkpoint, sporadic hours - see post 1403 for times)
  • HNL (checkpoint 5-between Delta and United, lobbies 7 and 8)
  • JNU (common upstairs checkpoint) JNU does not have Pre-Check per se but if your BP is thusly enhanced, you are handed a laminated blue 8-1/2" by 11" card explaining what you can leave on/in your bag and what needs to come out etc. Surrender blue card upon completing the process.
  • LAS (Terminal 3 (AS) next to F/elite line, Terminal 1 (AA/DL))
  • LAX (T6 [where Alaska departs from]; it is also possible to use the PreCheck checkpoint in T5 [where Delta departs from] and then connect behind security to T6 via an underground tunnel; same thing is also possible at T7 [where United departs from], which has an above-ground connector to T6 behind security)
  • MCI (PreCheck lite - handed a card by the agent checking ID, which allows you to keep shoes on and jacket on)
  • MCO (Far side of terminal away from AS baggage claim/checkin counters)
  • MFR (only one checkpoint in airport) PreCheck Lite designated with colored, laminated card.
  • OAK (far right side, along exit pathway, well signed)
  • OGG (right side as walking from AS check-in area)
  • ORD (terminal 3, checkpoint 8)
  • PDX (A/B/C checkpoint)
  • PHL (D/E checkpoint now open for TSA Pre✓ (as of 3/14); still can use C checkpoint near US Airways ticket counters; all of PHL is connected behind security)
  • PHX (First class TSA entrance in Terminal 2 is now for precheck and first)
  • PSC (Lite available at the central, and only, checkpoint)
  • PSP (Left side of the TSA entry point. Note, they also send a lot of wheelchairs through there, so not always faster than the premium line.)
  • SAN (Terminal 1, far left lane)
  • SEA (south checkpoint 2, central checkpoint 3 [the one leading to the central food court] and north checkpoint 5)
  • SFO (Terminal 1, B pier: BP scanner near terminal entrance, PreCheck line is to the right side and uses the overflow security room for clearance). AS will move to the International A pier in late spring/early summer 2014 due to construction at SFO.
  • SFO (International Terminal, A pier: enter at the center, the line dragon will point you to a separate line to the right if you have PreCheck on your boarding pass. Normal PreCheck.
  • SIT (Central checkpoint, Gate 1: Pre Lite ie leave shoes on, remove electronics, liquids)
  • SJC (terminal B)
  • SLC (use Terminal 2 checkpoint, All connected airside)
  • SMF (far left, terminals A and B)
  • SNA (terminal 1, lane 1)

Others listed on TSA's site as PreCheck airports but that FlyerTalkers have not verified. If you are familiar with any of these, please edit this wiki and move them to the above category!


-IAH (terminal C south)
-LIH (main terminal)
-MSP (checkpoint 4)


Speculation on new PreCheck airports?

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In 2012, TSA plans to expand TSA Pre✓ for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines at the following airport locations:
  • Kailua-Kona Airport, Hawaii (KOA)
Links to other PreCheck-related threads on FlyerTalk
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Old Mar 7, 12, 11:58 am   #91
 
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Thanks. I received the original invite, but haven't heard anything since. Perhaps it's because I'm already a NEXUS/Global Entry member?
I don't think anyone has heard anything other than the invite(s).
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IIRC, there was no body scanner at the Pre-Check lane in DTW. Are body scanners typically not part of the Pre-Check experience?
AFAIK no Pre-Check line has a body scanner, only de-tuned metal detectors (they don't detect smaller metal objects, ie most belts, glasses, etc).
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Old Mar 7, 12, 12:11 pm   #92
 
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I don't think anyone has heard anything other than the invite(s).AFAIK no Pre-Check line has a body scanner, only de-tuned metal detectors (they don't detect smaller metal objects, ie most belts, glasses, etc).
I received the invite to sign up back in January, but haven't received the welcome email that others have described here.
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Old Mar 7, 12, 12:14 pm   #93
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Just saw that you can now enter your PASS ID for GE/NEXUS etc in the "Traveler Profile" section of your AS account. You can also use it for individual ticket purchases.

You have to click "edit my information" under International Documents to get to the screen...

Please let this come to PDX soon!
Thanks. I received the original invite, but haven't heard anything since. Perhaps it's because I'm already a NEXUS/Global Entry member?

IIRC, there was no body scanner at the Pre-Check lane in DTW. Are body scanners typically not part of the Pre-Check experience?
Yes no body emitter

And... I did receive the original email and haven't heard back since.
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Old Mar 7, 12, 2:27 pm   #94
 
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None of the Pre Check lines have the nude-o-scopes, it's just a goold ole' metal detector. You get to leave most of your stuff in your pockets, just taking out your cell phone.

I didn't receive the invite, but like with AA and DL I just added my NEXUS number to my profile, so hopefully that works
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Old Mar 10, 12, 12:00 pm   #95
 
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Supposedly Pre-Check will be online in SEA, LAX and PDX in March. That's according to the always helpful PDX BR staff. I asked this morning and he said supposedly it'll be up and running by the end of the month. Of course, who knows if this is true.

The FAs on my flight said AS is "really making it a priority" to get it online and running. While receiving my government sponsored massage in PHX on Thursday, the TSO said "pre-check will eventually be rolled out everywhere." T2 in PHX really, really needs it.
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Old Mar 10, 12, 12:43 pm   #96
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Supposedly Pre-Check will be online in SEA, LAX and PDX in March. That's according to the always helpful PDX BR staff. I asked this morning and he said supposedly it'll be up and running by the end of the month. Of course, who knows if this is true.

The FAs on my flight said AS is "really making it a priority" to get it online and running. While receiving my government sponsored massage in PHX on Thursday, the TSO said "pre-check will eventually be rolled out everywhere." T2 in PHX really, really needs it.
No ANC yet?

Those folks are getting a poor reputation for bullying pax into the scanners
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Excellent. Hopefully this rolls out to other airlines (DL) at SEA in the near future too.
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Old Mar 10, 12, 12:54 pm   #98
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Oh and for LAX, perhaps this coincides with moving to T6?
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Excellent. Hopefully this rolls out to other airlines (DL) at SEA in the near future too.
I suspect once AS is online in SEA, all the other pre-check airlines there will be online.

Nothing mentioned about ANC, but again, who knows if the info from the PDX BR person is accurate. I suspect we'll see it in SEA or LAX before ANC though. As for the scanners, at least they're the MMWs that don't take 30 seconds per person like the ones in PHX.
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No ANC yet?

Those folks are getting a poor reputation for bullying pax into the scanners
Hoping Sharon Cissna's bill gets passed.
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No ANC yet?

Those folks are getting a poor reputation for bullying pax into the scanners
Hoping Sharon Cissna's bill gets passed.
YES-
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Old Mar 12, 12, 8:14 am   #102
 
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LAS PreTSA no go.

Even though TSA seems to indicate that as long as you are a GOES member, regardless of Airline invite you can participate in the PreTSA, it is NOT the case at LAS.

Either they don't know the official website comments or they are just doing what they have been. They are only allowing Delta and American customers to use PreTSA at the airport. Then again maybe Delta and AA are paying for it, so they want to only give their members the perk.
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Old Mar 12, 12, 9:06 am   #103
 
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Even though TSA seems to indicate that as long as you are a GOES member, regardless of Airline invite you can participate in the PreTSA, it is NOT the case at LAS.

Either they don't know the official website comments or they are just doing what they have been. They are only allowing Delta and American customers to use PreTSA at the airport. Then again maybe Delta and AA are paying for it, so they want to only give their members the perk.
No, the TSA agents is doing exactly what the website says. Currently the only participating airlines are AA and Delta. The airline must be participating at the particular airport before you can even potentially use TSA Pre.

Being a GOES member just means you can use the program without being invited by the airline, but as I mentioned above, unless you are flying AA or Delta (currently), you are not even potentially TSA Pre eligible at any airport.
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Old Mar 12, 12, 4:52 pm   #104
 
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Even though TSA seems to indicate that as long as you are a GOES member, regardless of Airline invite you can participate in the PreTSA, it is NOT the case at LAS.
That is not incorrect. I was not invited to use the Pre Check program by any airline, yet I entered my GOES info and have qualified for it every time, regardless of my status with the carrier.

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Either they don't know the official website comments or they are just doing what they have been. They are only allowing Delta and American customers to use PreTSA at the airport. Then again maybe Delta and AA are paying for it, so they want to only give their members the perk.
They require DL and AA members to use it because only those carriers pass along the info to the TSA about your pre-check eligibility. It's not enough to simply show your NEXUS or Global Entry card.
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Old Mar 12, 12, 5:08 pm   #105
 
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It's not enough to simply show your NEXUS or Global Entry card.
PreCheck does not involve showing your NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry card to the TSA. Half the time, the TDCs don't even recognize them anyway.

If your PASSID number is present in your reservation with the airline, that information is encoded onto the boarding pass. When the TSA scans your boarding pass, you may be directed to the PreCheck lane if you're a member of the program. They can still send you through regular screening for any reason they see fit.
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