The Transportation Security Administrationâs PreCheck program continues to expand to more airlines. The agency announced Thursday that seven airlines have been added.
The newly eligible carriers â a mix of big and small, foreign and domestic â areÂ Copa Airlines, Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swift Air and Turkish Airlines.
The additions grow the total number of carriers eligible for PreCheck to 37.
PreCheck, which costs $85 for a five-year membership, gives approved passengers access to expedited security lanes at more than 180 U.S. airports. Travelers using those lanes can keep their shoes and light jackets on at airport checkpoints. Laptops and liquids (provided they meet TSA guidelines)Â can remain in carry-on bags.
Travelers can join the program by providing background information and fingerprints for background check.
The goal of the program for TSA and airlines is to get travelers who are better known through checkpoints faster so that security can focus on people who are considered to be bigger risks.
âExpanding TSA PreCheck allows us to increase overall security effectiveness and make the screening process more efficient,â Huban Gowadia, TSAâs acting administrator, says in a statement. âWe are committed to the expansion of TSA PreCheck to strengthen aviation security and improve the passenger experience.â
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