Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK carrier to participate in the TSA Pre✓ programme, allowing eligible passengers to access an accelerated screening process when departing US airports.
The screening programme allows travellers to pass through security without having to remove shoes, laptops, liquids and belts. The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) said last year 97 per cent of passengers got through a screening lane in less than five minutes.
Travellers can apply for TSA Pre✓ for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 a year.
Travellers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓ include:
- TSA Pre✓ members (open to US citizens and lawful permanent residents)
- Global Entry members (open to UK and US citizens, US lawful permanent residents, and eligible citizens in certain other countries. For a current list of eligible citizens, visit CBP)
- NEXUS members (open to citizens and lawful permanent residents of the US or Canada)
- SENTRI members (open to US citizens and lawful permanent residents)
- U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the US Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.
Apply now for TSA Pre✓
TSA Pre✓ programme is now available for eligible passengers travelling on:
Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Key Lime Air, Lufthansa, Miami Air International, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, WestJet and Xtra Airways.