Low cost airlines Spirit and Frontier join TSA PreCheck
The Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program was supposed to cut airport wait times by letting passengers who clear a government background check to use an expedited security checkpoint.
One reason TSA PreCheck hasn’t had a bigger impact on wait times, though, is that not every major carrier participates in the program, meaning their passengers can use only the standard TSA checkpoints.
That is changing.
In May, the TSA announced that Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad Airways and Seaborne Airlines are joining 12 other carriers in the TSA program.
Combined, Frontier and Spirit carry only about 5% of domestic air traffic, but their passenger totals have been growing fast as both airlines expand to new markets.
Fliers who use the TSA PreCheck lines don’t have to remove their shoes, belts or light coats and can leave their laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags.
Airlines can participate in TSA PreCheck voluntarily, but to do so, they must upgrade their reservation software to designate which passengers have been cleared to use the TSA PreCheck lines.
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