I am a frequent flyer. How can I join Pre✓™?
You can participate in Pre✓™ in one of two ways:
- Opt in through Alaska Airlines – eligible frequent fliers receive an email from Alaska Airlines. To verify if you are eligible through Alaska Airlines, go to your My Account profile here on alaskaair.com. If you are eligible and have not opted in yet, you will see a link across the top of the page inviting you to opt in to the TSA Pre✓™ pilot program.
- Known Traveler Program – any traveler can apply for a Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI number through Customs and Border Protection. Once a traveler has been approved and has obtained a number, the number can be stored into My Account by navigating to "Settings and Preferences," then "Traveler Profile," then "Edit Information". Visit www.cbp.gov for more information.
How can I verify if I have opted in?
Go to your My Account profile here on alaskaair.com and look for the link to opt in. If you are eligible and have not opted in, a link will appear across the top of the page in your profile. Click on the link and check the opt-in checkbox to opt in. Alternatively, verify if you have opt-in to Pre✓™ by clicking on "Settings and Preferences," then "Traveler Profile," then click on "Edit Information" and scroll down to the "opt in" check box. If the box exists and is checked, you have opted in through Alaska Airlines.
If I am a participant of Pre✓™, how do I check in?
Alaska's eligible PreCheck participants may check in via any method Alaska offers, including with an agent at the ticket counter.
As an Alaska Airlines Pre✓™ participant, can I use other carriers' Pre✓™ lanes?
Frequent fliers who have opted in through Alaska Airlines may only use the Alaska Airlines Pre✓™ lanes.
However, if you have obtained a Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI number through Customs and Border Protection, and have entered your number in the Known Traveler number field when booking, you may use whichever Pre✓™ lanes exist throughout the U.S. You may also enter your Known Traveler number into your My Account profile where it autofills into your reservation at time of booking.
Will my boarding pass show that I am a Pre✓™ participant?
The boarding pass will not display any visible indicator. The status is encoded into the barcode that TSA scans at the checkpoint. TSA will know by scanning the barcode that participants are eligible to use the Pre✓™ lane.
As an eligible participant of Pre✓™ through another carrier, can I use Alaska Airlines' Pre✓™ lane?
A customer who opted in through another carrier may only use those PreCheck lanes that their carrier activated. They are not eligible to use Alaska's PreCheck lane until the carrier activates at Alaska's PreCheck stations.
As a Pre✓™ eligible participant, will I always receive expedited screening?
No, you will not. The TSA built a random component into the Pre✓™ pilot program. You may, at times, be required to use the regular checkpoint lane.
What are the benefits of participating in Pre✓™?
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
Which carriers have activated Pre✓™?
Please visit TSA's Web site at www.tsa.gov for information on which carriers have active Pre✓™ lanes.
Which airports have active Pre✓™ lanes?
Please visit TSA's Web site at www.tsa.gov for information on which airports have active Pre✓™ lanes.
What are the criteria to become a Pre✓™ participant through Alaska Airlines' opt in process?
The TSA set the nondisclosable criteria.
If I am traveling internationally does Pre✓™ apply?
No, Pre✓™ only applies to domestic travel. Please visit www.tsa.gov for information on travel between the U.S. and Mexico (SENTRI) and the U.S. and Canada (NEXUS).
Is every traveler eligible to participate in Pre✓™
No, only U.S. citizens are eligible.
How can I learn more about Pre✓™?
You can learn more about Pre✓™ by visiting www.tsa.gov.