Southwest is getting TSA Pre-check! - Points Miles and Martinis


Finally!  The US’s largest domestic carrier now joins TSA Pre-check effective today.  It is unclear how soon passengers will have access to use the lines in each airport.  I received my invite to join the program from Southwest today though I am already a TSA Pre member. You can view full information on Southwest’s site here.

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Per Southwest’s site, Southwest Airlines has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to participate in TSA PreCheck, a pre-screening initiative that allows a select group of passengers the ability to move through security checkpoints with greater efficiency and ease when traveling.

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 Who Is Eligible?

Southwest Passengers that are eligible for TSA PreCheck include:

  • U.S. Citizens who are members of a Customs and Border Patrol Trusted Traveler program, including Global EntrySENTRI, and NEXUS
  • Canadian Citizens who are members of NEXUS
  • U.S Citizens who are Rapid Rewards® Members that the TSA deems eligible and opt-in to participate in the program
  • U.S. Citizens who have applied and been approved for the TSA PreCheck™ Application Program*
  • In addition, accompanying passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling with eligible passengers (parent or guardian).

How Does It Work?
When a Rapid Rewards Member receives notification that he/she is eligible to opt-in to the program and chooses to participate or a passenger includes a Known Traveler Number within a reservation, Southwest Airlines will share certain information with the TSA Secure Flight System.

Note: Only reservations booked after opting-in are eligible for TSA PreCheck.

Bottom Line

Us Southwest flyers were deprived for a long time from using the TSA Pre line.  This is a very welcome change for us.

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