Qantas has joined TSA PreCheck, meaning eligible Qantas passengers departing from the United States can now access fast-track security lanes. This service is available at all US airports served by Qantas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu and New York JFK.
Qantas signed up for the service on 17 December 2019, becoming one of 73 participating airlines. Other airlines to offer TSA PreCheck in the USA include American Airlines, Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet, Singapore Airlines & Cathay Pacific. Virgin Australia and Jetstar are now the only airlines flying between Australia and the United States that do not offer TSA PreCheck.
If you’re eligible for TSA PreCheck, and flying from or within the United States of America on a participating airline, the TSA PreCheck logo will be printed on your boarding pass. This entitles you (and accompanying children up to 12 years old) to access the dedicated, faster TSA PreCheck queues. You also won’t need to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, computer or liquids when passing through airport security.
How to use TSA PreCheck when flying Qantas
If you’re eligible to use TSA PreCheck, you can now add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your Qantas reservation. The TSA PreCheck logo should then appear on your Qantas boarding pass when you fly.
TSA PreCheck is only available at US airports, and is not available when departing or arriving in Australia.
To use this service, you need to be enrolled in a US trusted traveler program such as TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI.
The United States TSA PreCheck program costs USD85 for 5 years and is only available to US citizens and permanent residents. Meanwhile, Global Entry costs USD100 for 5 years and includes expedited entry into the United States in addition TSA PreCheck. The Global Entry program is available to US citizens/residents and citizens of 11 other countries including the UK, Germany, India and Singapore. Unfortunately, Global Entry is not currently available to Australians.
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