Air Canada has joined the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) express security checkpoint program — TSA PreCheck — TSA announced yesterday.
Air Canada is the first international carrier to join TSA PreCheck. Its participation in the program means travelers flying out of the United States on Air Canada will be able to use dedicated TSA PreCheck security checkpoint lanes that provide expedited passenger screening. Passengers in those lanes are allowed to leave on their shoes, belts and light outerwear, and to keep laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their bags.
“I thank Air Canada for working with TSA to become the first international carrier to offer TSA PreCheck,” U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “This action underscores our commitment to easing the traveler experience, while maintaining the highest standards of security.”
In order to enroll in PreCheck, travelers must be members of a participating airline’s frequent flier program, or of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. Later this year, U.S. citizens also will be able to enroll in PreCheck directly by applying online, then visiting an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints.
Air Canada is the tenth carrier to join PreCheck. Other participating airlines are: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
“Air Canada is delighted to be the first international airline to offer TSA PreCheck accelerating the security screening process for eligible customers at most of the U.S. destinations served by Air Canada,” said Benjamin Smith, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada. “Air Canada serves the most passengers with the most daily flights of any non-U.S. carrier in the United States. TSA PreCheck will make our customers’ travel experience with us even more enjoyable, including those connecting through our main hubs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to international destinations in Asia and Europe.”
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