7 New Members of TSA PreCheck – Singapore Airlines First Asian Carrier to Join

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Seven airlines have joined TSA PreCheck, bringing the total participants to 37 domestic and international carriers. The most prominent additions are Singapore Airlines (the first Asian carrier to participate in the program), Turkish Airlines, and Copa Airlines.

Each of these carriers has multiple routes from the U.S. and their additions significantly improve the TSA PreCheck program.

Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines is the first Asian carrier to join TSA PreCheck. Image courtesy of singaporeair.com.

It’s surprising that we are just now seeing an Asian carrier join TSA PreCheck, but hopefully this is only the beginning of a positive trend. Singapore Airlines operates flights out of Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York City (JFK), and San Francisco (SFO), so their addition will improve the travel experience for many passengers at these major airports.

The addition of Turkish Airlines is another positive step, but a surprising one when you consider that Istanbul (IST) is one of the airports impacted by the electronics ban. Turkish Airlines is famous for flying to more destinations than any other airline in the world, so this is another great addition.

The other carriers that have joined TSA PreCheck are Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, and Swift Air. Here’s a complete list of all airlines now participating in TSA PreCheck:

Airlines in TSA PreCheck Program
Aeromexico Delta Air Lines Lufthansa Sun Country Airlines
Air Canada Dominican Wings Miami Air International Sunwing Airlines
Alaska Airlines Emirates OneJet Swift Air
Allegiant Air Etihad Airways Seaborne Airlines Turkish Airlines
American Airlines Frontier Airlines Silver Airways United Airlines
Aruba Airlines Hawaiian Airlines Singapore Airlines Virgin America
Avianca InterCaribbean Airlines Southern Airways Express Virgin Atlantic
Boutique Airlines JetBlue Airways Southwest Airlines WestJet
Cape Air Key Lime Air Spirit Airlines Xtra Airways
Copa Airlines

For those new to TSA PreCheck, it is a program the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs to expedite the screening of low-risk travelers. It can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes you to get from check-in to your gate (or to an airport lounge!).

Additionally, a Global Entry or NEXUS membership also gives you access to TSA PreCheck. Several credit cards reimburse you for the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee of $100 and $85, respectively.

Credit Cards That Reimburse Global Entry and TSA PreCheck
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The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Citi Prestige Card
Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Centurion® Card from American Express
AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard
Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express

Keep in mind that while you get access to TSA PreCheck with a Global Entry membership, the reverse isn’t true: you do not get access to Global Entry or NEXUS with a TSA PreCheck membership.

No one enjoys standing in line waiting to go through airport security, whether you’re catching a flight or returning to the U.S. after a long international trip. The combination of TSA PreCheck and Global Entry is a great way to reduce some of the stress of travel.

TSA PreCheck
A better screening experience thanks to TSA PreCheck makes for a better travel experience.

As TSA PreCheck adds airline partners, more and more pre-screened travelers will be able to move through security quickly. Let’s be honest: happier travelers will only make life better for other travelers and the airlines that serve them.

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