New Security Measures That Could Improve Your Trip
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has partnered with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and select airlines, including Alaska Airlines, to test a free, voluntary expedited screening trial with a select group of known travelers. Pre✓™ is a risk-based screening initiative for eligible participants traveling within the United States.
To learn more about Pre✓™, Alaska Airlines created an FAQ to answer specific questions about the TSA's pilot program.
Eligible customers who use the Pre✓™ lanes may receive expedited screening, which could include no longer removing the following items:
- Shoes, belt, or jacket
- Laptops for separate screening
- 3-1-1 compliant bags from carry-on-baggage
Who is Eligible
You can participate in the TSA expedited screening trial if you are a U.S. citizen and meet the TSA's current eligibility criteria or have a Known Traveler number. Learn more with our FAQs.
PreCheck participants who qualify via their membership in a CBP Trusted Traveler program should enter their full name exactly as it appears on their Global Entry card or in their GOES account, along with date of birth, gender, and nine digit PASS ID number, when making a reservation for travel. A reservation made with a name that does not exactly match a passenger's Global Entry card or GOES account will result in the passenger not being considered for TSA PreCheck screening.
The following airports are participating in the TSA Pre✓™ program.
- Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) - Main checkpoint
- Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) - Main checkpoint
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) - Checkpoint 2
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) - Terminal A checkpoint
- Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - Terminal 3, checkpoint 8
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) - *Terminal D, D30
- Denver International Airport (DEN) - South checkpoint
- Honolulu International Airport (HNL) - Main terminal, checkpoint 3
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - Terminal C, south checkpoint
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Terminal 7
- Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) - Lindbergh terminal, checkpoint 4
- Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) - Terminal A checkpoint
- Orlando International Airport (MCO) - West checkpoint
- Portland International Airport (PDX) - Checkpoint ABC
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) - Terminal 2 Checkpoint
- Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - Central checkpoint
- Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) - Terminal B, south checkpoint
*Alaska's DFW gates are located in Terminal E
How It Works
By opting in, you are automatically entered into the TSA Pre✓™ pilot program. By doing so, you give Alaska Airlines permission to share the following with the TSA Secure Flight System:
- Your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ tier status and/or U.S. CBP Trusted Traveler Program information
- Your passenger reservation information
Once the TSA determines that eligibility requirements have been met, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. The TSA reads the barcode at designated TSA airport locations and eligible passengers may be directed to a lane where they will receive expedited screening.*
Visit the official TSA Pre✓™ program site for more information.
*TSA determines eligibility for inclusion in the pilot on a per-flight-segment basis and does not guarantee that you would always receive expedited screening during future travel.