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TSA Pre✓ (PreCheck) on Alaska Airlines - Questions and Experiences (2012-21)

TSA Pre✓ (PreCheck) on Alaska Airlines - Questions and Experiences (2012-21)

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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)
  • AUS (central checkpoint to the left of the AS check-in counter)
  • BLI (see post 1450 re removal of liquids)
  • BNA (north checkpoint for concourses A/B)
  • BOI (all passengers use one checkpoint)
  • BOS (The C40-C42 area that AS now uses only has PreCheck Lite)
  • BWI (C checkpoint, although A checkpoint also has it and it operates consistently throughout the day)
  • BZN (single checkpoint, right side)
  • DCA (south pier)
  • DEN (both north and south checkpoints)
  • DFW (Terminal E, near gate E15)
  • EAT (PreCheck Lite at the only checkpoint)
  • EUG (PreCheck Lite only)
  • EWR (Terminal A3) Confirmed full-scale PreCheck, at least for the morning flight
  • FAI (PreCheck Lite only)
  • 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) PreCheck Lite.
  • KOA Gate 7 - (AS) PreCheck Lite for the 11:55PM Redeye. Also had PreCheck Lite for the 3:00 ish flight to OAK.
  • 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 T4 [American], T5 [Delta], or T7 [United]; all are connected behind security)
  • MCI (PreCheck Lite)
  • MCO (Far side of terminal away from AS baggage claim/checkin counters)
  • MFR (only one checkpoint in airport) PreCheck Lite. (Note: checkpoint completely closes at certain hours of the day. Very small airport.)
  • MRY (PreCheck Lite)
  • MSY (Concourse C)
  • 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; PreCheck lane closes in evening, can use D/E PreCheck lane and airside walkway connector back to A/B/C)
  • PHL (D/E checkpoint has TSA Pre✓; Pre✓ also typically available at B [far side of AA counters from AS gates] but not C [near side of AA counters]; all of PHL is connected behind security)
  • PHX (First class TSA entrance in Terminal 2 is now for precheck and first)
  • PSC (PreCheck 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.)
  • RDU (Terminal 2)
  • 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 (International Terminal, A pier): enter at the center, the line dragon will point you to a separate line to the left if you have PreCheck on your boarding pass. Normal PreCheck.
  • SIT (Central checkpoint, Gate 1: PreCheck Lite)
  • SJC (terminal B)
  • SLC (use Terminal 2 checkpoint, All connected airside)
  • SMF (far left, terminals A and B)
  • SNA (terminal 1, lane 1)
  • STL (Alaska Terminal & Checkpoint, Right side)
  • TPA (Airside A)

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)

Links to other PreCheck-related threads on FlyerTalk
Airports with no Pre whatsoever:

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Old Jan 21, 12, 3:17 am
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TSA Pre✓ (PreCheck) on Alaska Airlines - Questions and Experiences (2012-21)

Unfortunately, this sounds like may be a little while before it's up and running. I just hope Seattle and LAX get this. Phoenix would sure be nice, too!

Alaska Airlines is the latest air carrier to sign on with TSA’s pre-approved traveler security program pilot.

The agency said in a Jan. 20 blog post that “select Alaska Airlines travelers” would soon be eligible to participate in the program. The airline joins Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and US Airways in the program.

...

TSA said it would name the airports where Alaska Airlines customers could participate in the program at a later date.
Short article here.

And straight from the strange TSA blog post.
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Old Jan 21, 12, 10:37 am
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Awesome! It'll be great to keep my belt + shoes on again. ^

Hopefully this won't be limited to just MVP's or higher, but anyone with GE access.
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Old Jan 21, 12, 11:06 am
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According to the Alaska facebook page those selected for the program will be notified via email.
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Old Jan 21, 12, 11:10 am
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From the article:

CBP's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS who are U.S. citizens are also eligible to participate.
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Old Jan 21, 12, 1:07 pm
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As a GE/NEXUS cardholder, MVPG 75K, and a frequent traveller out of SEA, I hope this gets off the ground soon and is implemented in SEA/PDX/LAX. Got the full grope-down today before my flight to AUS for having the audacity to opt-out of the body scanner.
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Old Jan 21, 12, 2:27 pm
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I'm not willing to have some flunky interviewer decide whether I'm "American enough" - no thanks!
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Old Jan 21, 12, 2:44 pm
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I've gone through AA's version at LAX, it's a great program. This is great news
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Old Jan 21, 12, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by baliktad View Post
Got the full grope-down today before my flight to AUS for having the audacity to opt-out of the body scanner.
I share your taste for audacity. I have discovered, however, that after I politely (and quickly) respond to the first question with ("no painful areas, no implanted medical devices, no need for a private screening"), the TSA officer tends to speed up the process.

I've used a Nude-o-Scope/TSA KabukiVision precisely once--and will continue to Opt Out. I'm currently waiting for a GE interview to hopefully avoid needing to do pat downs in the not-so-distant future.
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Old Jan 22, 12, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by PetePDX
Originally Posted by baliktad View Post
Got the full grope-down today before my flight to AUS for having the audacity to opt-out of the body scanner.
I share your taste for audacity. I have discovered, however, that after I politely (and quickly) respond to the first question with ("no painful areas, no implanted medical devices, no need for a private screening"), the TSA officer tends to speed up the process.

I've used a Nude-o-Scope/TSA KabukiVision precisely once--and will continue to Opt Out. I'm currently waiting for a GE interview to hopefully avoid needing to do pat downs in the not-so-distant future.
Agree it seems to speed up when TSO understands you've been thru the process before- but make sure they change those filthy gloves

Wonder if ANC will be included
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Old Jan 23, 12, 2:12 pm
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I received my email from AS today. I've been a GE member for probably 18months now and MVPG / 75k for the last couple years. My home base is PDX but the email specifically mentions SEA-TAC as the location for the AS pilot.

The email has a link to a as.com page that you enter your mileage plan number and click go. Says things should be live at SEA this "spring".
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Old Jan 23, 12, 2:15 pm
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Email as well...didn't click the link yet.
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Old Jan 23, 12, 2:25 pm
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Just got invited via e-mail thirty minutes ago and opted in. Looking forward to it!
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Old Jan 23, 12, 2:28 pm
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75K here; based out of ANC, but did travel out of SEA a couple times last year. I received this email earlier today:
Dear beckoa:



We're excited to let you know that as one of our most frequent flyers, you are eligible to participate in the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Pre✓ pilot program which could allow you to undergo expedited screening at Sea-Tac airport starting later this spring.

The goal of this pilot program is to test pre-screening passengers, which could result in expedited security procedures such as dedicated lines where customers will not have to take off their shoes or belts, or remove laptops from carry-on bags. Eligible customers must be U.S. citizens and travel must be within the United States.

The TSA has determined your eligibility and we would like to invite you to opt in for this pilot program. To enroll, simply click on the link below and register your Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number.

Please note that TSA determines eligibility for expedited screening on a per-flight-segment basis and does not guarantee that you would always receive expedited screening during your travel.

We hope this new process will ultimately expedite your upcoming journeys.

For additional details and the latest information on the TSA's Pre✓ program, visit TSA.gov.
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Old Jan 23, 12, 2:49 pm
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Got the invite email and registered this afternoon. Initial registration is as simple as entering mileage plan #. This will be one less giant pet peeve in my life, and I hope they expand it's use to all airports for all airlines.
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Got the email as well. Have been through this for DL at ATL. Awesome program. Really great news. ^

Hope that it rolls out for DL at SEA soon too.
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