Posted on: 14 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Southwest Airlines has announced its immediate participation in the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited screening programme, known as TSA Pre Check.
Initially, select Southwest Rapid Rewards customers will be able to use dedicated security checkpoint lanes for TSA Pre Check benefits. The expedited screening process lets customers to leave on shoes, light outerwear, and belts as well as keep laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their bags.
"We carry more customers in the US than any other airline, and they are going to love the benefits of TSA Pre Check," remarked Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chief executive officer, president, and chairman of the Board. "[The programme] is convenient, it saves customers time, and it enhances the overall customer experience – something we are always striving to do at Southwest Airlines."
Select Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members will be invited to opt into the Pre Check programme. They were chosen through a process where the criteria was established by TSA. Passengers who are already enrolled in other trusted traveller programmes, such as Global Entry, will be able to use their Known Traveler Number (KTN) when booking flights on the airline’s website. Those selected for TSA Pre Check, will see "TSA PRE" printed on their boarding passes.