China Airlines this week became one of nine foreign carriers to get the OK from the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre-check services that will give passengers on those flights expedited screening benefits on international flights.
The full cadre of carriers includes Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Volaris.
“I am pleased to welcome these new partners to the TSA Pre-check program,” said Administrator David Pekoske. “By continuing to expand TSA Pre-check, and engaging more and more with our international partners, we are increasing the overall effectiveness of the security we provide, raising the baseline of global aviation security, and improving the passenger experience.”
TSA Pre-check is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. For TSA Pre-check travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. To date in 2019, nearly 94 percent of passengers in TSA Pre-check lanes waited less than five minutes.
TSA Pre-check is available when departing from a U.S. gateway to a foreign country, and for domestic, connecting flights after returning to the U.S. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can apply for TSA Pre-check for a cost of $85 for five years, which is $17 per year, through the TSA Pre-check application program.
Once approved, travelers will receive a “Known Traveler Number” to input when making an airline reservation and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre-check lanes at select security checkpoints when traveling on any of the 65 participating airlines.
Pre-approved passengers who fly China Airlines can give their registration details to a travel agency or China Airlines staff at the time of booking or when checking in at the airport to enjoy expedited security screening. In the future, it will be possible to enter the PASS ID directly into the online booking form when purchasing a ticket online.
Any airline passengers who is eligible for TSA Pre-check may also be eligible for three other U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs: Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. TSA offers an online comparison tool for passengers to find the programs that best suit their travel needs: Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler comparison tool.
Passengers should check for the TSA Pre-check indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA Pre-check) on their boarding pass to know if they are eligible for TSA Pre-check on their flight.
TSA Pre-check members who have enjoyed expedited screening since 2013 should look to renewing their memberships. They may renew up to six months before the membership expiration date and the process can easily be completed online.
TSA continues to incorporate unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.