British Airways Finally Joining PreCheck

In February Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Philippine Airlines and World Atlantic joined PreCheck, bringing the total number of participating airlines to 47 and joining these carriers:

TSA itself still only lists these 47 airlines.

Update: the website now shows Air Serbia, Condor, Porter, Scandinavian, and Thomas Cook Airlines as well. British Airways will launch in the coming days.

I haven’t seen reports of this elsewhere however God Save the Points reports that British Airways has finally joined PreCheck, crediting @JetsettingBen.

Notably though that’s not a help at New York JFK where terminal 7 doesn’t currently have PreCheck. Hopefully British Airways passengers with PreCheck will be afforded expedited screening.

Make Sure You Get the Benefits of PreCheck When You Fly

You’ll want to make sure all participating airlines have your Known Traveler Number. Currently-booked tickets aren’t going to have your number in the booking. Don’t expect your known traveler number to pass through from a US frequent flyer program to international airline partner automatically either. So if you use Alaska miles to book on British Airways you want to confirm with BA that they have the number in your reservation.

Most people update their frequent flyer accounts with their Known Traveler number, but if you’re flying without one or using another airline’s frequent flyer program, it won’t go in automatically either. So make sure each reservation gets the number.

When you check-in for a flight make sure your boarding pass indicates PreCheck. If it doesn’t check your Known Traveler number in the reservation and check in again. If your airline doesn’t support that, call and get ‘unchecked in’ and re-check in for an updated boarding pass.

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  1. “BA Joining TSA PreCheck”
    “BA will soon join…”

    Is what the source actually says. That’s a fair bit different from BA has joined PreCheck…

  2. I doubt British Airways passengers will see any kind of expedited screening if they have pre-check at T7, since Alaska passengers certainly don’t other than getting to leave your shoes on. T7 is horrible.

  3. With JFK T7, there should be enough passengers to support a Pre Check line now that British Airways and Alaska participate (along with the former Virgin America flights)

  4. Great news for West Coast SFO & LAX – even better with Clear though last time I visited LAX it was quicker to go thru T4 and walk past the one-hour line at TBIT.

    Of course the far bigger problems at BA are the surely personnel at LHR and the idiotic automated conformance system, which rejected my printed BP ostensibly for a “visa check” on a domestic flight to Aberdeen. Even the TSA is not that stupid.

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