The Transportation Security Administration said it has increased the number of airlines participating in its PreCheck program by 50 percent, including some major foreign carriers.
The agency announced that PreCheck members traveling on 11 more airlines can now gain access to the expedited screening lanes, giving the program a total of 30 airline participants.
The new carriers in PreCheck are both large and small, foreign and domestic. They include: Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic, and Xtra Airways.
While the expansion is good news for PreCheck members traveling on those airlines, it could mean longer lines at PreCheck lanes.
“Partnering with 11 additional airlines to offer TSA PreCheck will significantly increase our trusted traveler population, and reflects our commitment to implement the most effective aviation security,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia.
Membership in PreCheck costs $85 for five years. PreCheck expedited screening is also open to members of Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler programs like Global Entry. PreCheck screening is now offered at some 180 U.S. airports, TSA said.