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TSA Pre-Check / PreCheck Known Traveler program for AA FFs (consolidated)

You are eligible to be selected (on a flight-by-flight basis) for TSA PreCheck expedited screening if:
  • You are a frequent American Airlines flyer that have been invited by American Airlines to participate and followed the instructions on the email to accept, or/and
    • You participate in a "Trusted Traveler" program (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and/or TSA PreCheck application program) and have entered your "Known Traveler ID" in the reservation
      • If you're using your AAdvantage number, you can enter the "Known Traveler ID" in the Personal Information and Password tab of My Account) so it will auto-populate in all new reservations bearing the AAdvantage number made anywhere
        • If your reservation doesn't have your AAdvantage number, you can retrieve it and add the "Known Traveler ID" to it. The method is not very intuitive: on AA.com click on my trips, then on view all, then on find my reservation and enter either the record locator (if you know it), or the flight information using the AA operating flight number (not any eventual codeshare number from another airline).
          • Your Secure Flight Information (name, sex, DOB) in the reservation must match the one with the program (except for "middle" or other names, which are ignored) (name on ticket does not matter)
            • You will find your "Known Traveler ID" on the GOES website or on your program's card, under the name "PASSID". It is either 9 digits or the letters TT plus 7 digits



You will know if you have been selected on a particular flight if the wording or logo "TSA PreCheck" appear on your boarding pass.

NOTE: 20 May 2016: "Todays announcement makes a total of 16 carriers that participate in TSA Pre✓: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.

Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓ include: members of the TSA Pre✓ application program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, Global Entry, and Canadian citizens who are members of CBPs NEXUS program. TSA Pre✓ is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard."

Link

How it works

In the Pre-Check lane, you no longer need to remove the following items:

  • Shoes (some, such as steel-toed shoes, may require removal)
    • 3-1-1 compliant bag from your carry-on (all liquid restrictions still apply)
      • Laptop from your bag (if electronics are stacked on top of each other, they require removal)
        • Light outerwear or jacket
          • Belt (large belt buckles may require removal)
            • Pre-Check Lanes are WTMD only-- No NoS in use

LOCATIONS

Link to FlyerGuide Wiki listing of American Airlines (only) PreCheck checkpoints.

Link to FT thread AA Airport / Concourse TSA PreCheck - Hours [only] (may not be current)

See also post 1 of this thread. (It contains much additional info in the Moderator's Note.)

NOTE: PreCheck is changing to a Trusted Traveler (GE/NEXUS/SENTRI) -like program, where anyone will be able apply and pay USD $85 (online or at a PreCheck enrollment center), be vetted for approval, present proof of identification and be fingerprinted at a PreCheck enrollment center (IAD and IND, opening Fall 2013, will be thie first), and be granted PreCheck status for five years from that time. It will not be airline - or airline status - tied.

"Current PreCheck participants, including those eligible via a CBP Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, will continue to receive PreCheck eligibility. Participants who opted-in through their airline frequent flyer program may want to consider applying for PreCheck, as they are more likely to be selected for PreCheck expedited screening more often if they are vetted via the PreCheck application process." Link.
Trusted Traveler (Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri) and Having Problems with PreCheck?




If you belong to one of the Trusted Traveler Programs listed above, you may run into issues getting PreCheck clearance if your Secure Flight Data is not an exact match to the data that you entered into your application on the GOES (Global Online Enrollment System) website when you applied for your TT membership.

For example, if your airline account has Bob Jones, but your GOES account has Bob James Jones, then the TSA may not be associating your information properly when it "decides" who can and can not have access. Additionally, if your PASS ID # (listed above in the screen-shots) is not an exact match, there will be a mismatch when TSA processes your information, and you will not receive PreCheck.

To ensure you receive PreCheck on all flights (domestic & internatioal), be sure to ensure the information in your AA profile is accurate. The name on the ticket does not matter- the "Secure Flight Data" is what is used to determine PreCheck status.


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TSA Pre✓ / PreCheck / Pre Check Issues, Changes, etc.
Known issues:

  • Not every airport or terminal offers the TSA Pre✓ program

    • TSA Pre✓ may have limited or irregular hours or closed at times without notice

      • TSA Pre✓ members are still be subject to random selection for intensified screening

        • TSA Pre✓ program has changed from an airline elite invitation program to a fee-based program with certain screening requirements

          • If one's TSA Pre✓ status is from the pilot invitation program and one doesn't have a Known Traveler Number ("KTN"), TSA Pre✓ status may not carry on to another airline and one may experience increasing denials (not having the TSA Pre✓ printed on boarding pass and being sent to the regular TSA screening queues



Link to TSA Application Program and TSA Pre✓ program information, links

Changes to TSA Pre✓

TSA Pre✓ was originally offered by certain airlines to their elite status members. These TSA Pre✓ members do not have a Known Traveler Number from a USDHS trusted traveler program (GOES / Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or the new $85 fee based TSA Pre✓ Application Program offered to the flying public with 5 year renewal), making TSA Pre✓ status portability challenging. See the DHS Trusted Traveler programs listing and comparison chart here. Please read the following:

From American Airlines, April 2015:

This month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making changes to the TSA Pre✓ Trusted Traveler Program that will impact which travelers receive expedited screening. If you're not already a member of one of the Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓ Application Program, you will probably see a decline in how often you receive expedited screening, even if you've previously "opted-in" through a frequent flyer program.

The best way to increase your chances of receiving TSA Pre✓ on a regular basis is to register for a Trusted Traveler Program with the Department of Homeland Security at dhs.gov/tt. Once you receive your Known Traveler Number (KTN) from TSA, be sure you update your AAdvantage profile.

To add your KTN to your AAdvantage profile:
  • Login to your account on aa.com and select My Account from the AAdvantage menu
    • Within My Account, go to the Information and Password tab
      • Add your Customs and Border Protection 9-digit PASS ID to your secure traveler information



For more information on TSA Pre✓, visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.


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TSA Pre-Check / PreCheck Known Traveler program for AA FFs (2016 onwards)

Old May 25, 16, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by jreuschl
I have Global Entry.. The last few times I've flown international it was on a foreign carrier and didn't qualify, now it is AA so I was curious if int'l caused any issues getting it. Apparently not!
Oh, to be honest I really don't know.

Originally Posted by nrr
With GE, for $15 more, you ALSO get TSA PC...a super bargain IMHO.
I thought about getting GE but I really don't travel internationally. Also, immigration from my last few trips have been very fast.

I've heard a lot of conflicting information regarding GE and TSE PreCheck. Some say one gets it automatically, some say they don't get it 100% of the time, etc.
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Old May 25, 16, 9:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Jacobin777
Oh, to be honest I really don't know.



I thought about getting GE but I really don't travel internationally. Also, immigration from my last few trips have been very fast.

I've heard a lot of conflicting information regarding GE and TSE PreCheck. Some say one gets it automatically, some say they don't get it 100% of the time, etc.
Since I've been in GE (7+ years), I've always gotten PC on ALL eligible flights (for me AA).
You should not use past experience as a predictor of future events. For most of my arrivals at JFK T8, I would have gotten through nearly as fast without GE; BUT
, there have been many instances, where 3 other flights arrived at the same time mine did, hugh CBP lines, and to make matters worse for NON-GE, CBP had to take a break.
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Old May 26, 16, 4:55 am
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Anyone not getting Pre when they properly enter their GE or NEXUS PASS ID in the PNR is an anamoly or an error. GE/NEXUS will get you Pre >99% of the time. I've missed it once in >180 segments, but Pre was only missing from the second leg of a 2 segment trip - in other words, I was already airside so it didn't matter. I know it was a "random" miss because the first segment that day, and the rest of the segments on that PNR, all had Pre.

Also, I arrived at YYZ once (as a NEXUS member) when three different widebodies from Asia had recently arrived. Instead of 2+ hours, I spent 5 minutes clearing immigration. Best $50 I ever spent (NEXUS is $50 and includes GE and Pre benefits, but you need to be able to get to an interview center in Canada or near the US-Canada border).
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Old May 26, 16, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by Jacobin777
Whether you get PreCheck or nor is "crapshoot" if you haven't signed up for PreCheck/GE/etc.

I haven't heard about the hidden PreCheck line in the far right. Don't forget, if you check in at T3 for ORD, its a little walk from T3 to T2 then back to T3.

Back to PreCheck, prior to last year (2011-mid 2015), before I enrolled for PreCheck, I was getting 90% PreCheck. From about middle of last year to end of last year I was down to about 40%-50% PreCheck. This year I decided to sign up for PreCheck now I have the 5-year PreCheck.
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
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Old May 26, 16, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by pa3lsvt
Anyone not getting Pre when they properly enter their GE or NEXUS PASS ID in the PNR is an anamoly or an error.
There is always a chance that you are unlucky and get randomly selected to 'fail'.

This is an intended part of the process but should not be a frequent occurrence for any one individual.
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Old May 26, 16, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by Panamajon513
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
Answer - Other than an issue with getting to an interview (e.g. far distance to an office), no valid reason.
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Old May 26, 16, 8:40 am
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Been awhile since I have flown AA out of EWR. Do they have PreCheck in that terminal (that is actually open), or is it like DL there where I have never seen the precheck lane open. Thx!
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Old May 26, 16, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by Panamajon513
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
Originally Posted by canyonleo
Answer - Other than an issue with getting to an interview (e.g. far distance to an office), no valid reason.
Or having a Customs violation (like Failure to Declare) that might disqualify you from Global Entry.
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Old May 26, 16, 4:44 pm
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Combining two posts into one, as both are different topics.

Originally Posted by Panamajon513
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
"I don't have a passport" is the best reason I can think of for signing up for Pre instead of GE.

Of course, my mother is a passport stamp collector. As soon as I told her that with GE nobody stamps your passport on entry, she completely discounted that as an option and got Pre instead.


Originally Posted by Mark_T
Originally Posted by pa3lsvt
Anyone not getting Pre when they properly enter their GE or NEXUS PASS ID in the PNR is an anamoly or an error.
There is always a chance that you are unlucky and get randomly selected to 'fail'.

This is an intended part of the process but should not be a frequent occurrence for any one individual.
If you quoted me more completely, you would see that I covered that in my very next two sentences:
Originally Posted by pa3lsvt
Anyone not getting Pre when they properly enter their GE or NEXUS PASS ID in the PNR is an anamoly or an error. GE/NEXUS will get you Pre >99% of the time. I've missed it once in >180 segments, ...
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Old May 26, 16, 7:05 pm
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Originally Posted by nrr
Since I've been in GE (7+ years), I've always gotten PC on ALL eligible flights (for me AA).
You should not use past experience as a predictor of future events. For most of my arrivals at JFK T8, I would have gotten through nearly as fast without GE; BUT
, there have been many instances, where 3 other flights arrived at the same time mine did, hugh CBP lines, and to make matters worse for NON-GE, CBP had to take a break.
Very interesting. I do agree one shouldn't use previous experiences of future events. That being said, even in busy situations at ORD, PHL, SFO its been fairly quick so I never really thought about it.

That being said, I'll look into GE now that it seems obvious that one will get PC 99% of the time.

At least now I can do it at my leisure.

Originally Posted by Panamajon513
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
Originally Posted by canyonleo
Answer - Other than an issue with getting to an interview (e.g. far distance to an office), no valid reason.
Originally Posted by chrisny2
Or having a Customs violation (like Failure to Declare) that might disqualify you from Global Entry.
As I mentioned previously, I was getting "mixed information" regarding GE and TSA Pre, as well as the fact a friend of mine applied for GE and he had a long wait (IIRC it was months) before his application and interview and I had a number of flights in between and simply didn't want to take chances.

Live and learn I guess.
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Old May 26, 16, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by pa3lsvt
Of course, my mother is a passport stamp collector. As soon as I told her that with GE nobody stamps your passport on entry, she completely discounted that as an option and got Pre instead.
Yes, but, that's "nobody" in the US! She'd still get all the foreign stamps and visas, and surely that's more interesting?
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Old May 26, 16, 9:00 pm
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Originally Posted by SpammersAreScum
Yes, but, that's "nobody" in the US! She'd still get all the foreign stamps and visas, and surely that's more interesting?
"But my US stamps are a memento of my arrival back in the US at the end of the trip." She actually demands that CBP stamp her at her return POE.

I know, it hurts my head to hear her logic.

But it was fun to watch her head explode a little when I showed her my passport with exactly three stamps - all she doesn't have: Canadian entry stamp, DR entry and exit stamps.

I told her that she better get something that gives her Pre before our (past) February trip together, or I would leave her behind at the MCO checkpoint scrum. So she went for the $85 TSA program.
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Old May 27, 16, 4:15 am
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Originally Posted by Panamajon513
Curious - why sign up for pre-check if Global Entry is just another $15?
There is another reason. I had a 'run in' with the law nearly 30 years ago. While NYS expunged the conviction, the Feds still have it on their books. I was rejected for Global Entry but approved for TSA pre-check. ^
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Old May 27, 16, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by jaynyc
There is another reason. I had a 'run in' with the law nearly 30 years ago. While NYS expunged the conviction, the Feds still have it on their books. I was rejected for Global Entry but approved for TSA pre-check. ^
In the Travel & Security section on FT, for pax in a "similar" situation, it was suggested that they appeal to the GE OMBUDSMAN (worth a shot). [I think a few posters did ultimately get approved.]
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Old May 27, 16, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by Jacobin777
Very interesting. I do agree one shouldn't use previous experiences of future events. That being said, even in busy situations at ORD, PHL, SFO its been fairly quick so I never really thought about it.

That being said, I'll look into GE now that it seems obvious that one will get PC 99% of the time.

At least now I can do it at my leisure.


As I mentioned previously, I was getting "mixed information" regarding GE and TSA Pre, as well as the fact a friend of mine applied for GE and he had a long wait (IIRC it was months) before his application and interview and I had a number of flights in between and simply didn't want to take chances.

Live and learn I guess.
Took me 15 days from application to receipt of my card.
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