British Airways passengers receive fast security check at US airports

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British Airways passengers receive fast security check at US airports

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21 May 2018

By | 21 May 2018

Travellers accepted under the TSA Precheck scheme won’t need to remove shoes or belts and their laptops and liquids can remain in handbags

British Airways will soon allow passengers to cut time in security queues at American airports, as the carrier has signed up to a US Transport Security Administration pre-check scheme that will allow travellers who have been accepted to go through the fast lane.

British Airways has signed up to a US Transport Security Administration pre-check scheme — MOROZ NATALIYA / Shutterstock British Airways passengers receive fast security check at US airports Group Created with Sketch. British Airways has signed up to a US Transport Security Administration pre-check scheme – MOROZ NATALIYA / Shutterstock

Travellers accepted under the US government program will also have the opportunity to keep their laptops and liquids that fit the rules in their handbags when boarding the plane. Moreover, they won’t need to remove shoes, light jackets, or belts during the security checks.

Doug Caines, British Airways’ vice president of operations, North America, said: “We’re really pleased that our customers can now benefit from the expedited services of TSA Pre-check.  

“Having the ability to fast track through security will give time back to our customers so they can relax and enjoy more time in our lounges or more time to shop and dine in the airport.”

Passengers can find out more details on TSA Pre-check by visiting their official website. At the airports where the fast lane is not available for a flight, passengers with a TSA Pre-check boarding pass may receive expedited screening in a standard lane.

93 per cent of customers using the TSA Precheck scheme wait less than five minutes — EQRoy / Shutterstock British Airways passengers receive fast security check at US airports Group Created with Sketch. 93 per cent of customers using the TSA Precheck scheme wait less than five minutes – EQRoy / Shutterstock

This measure, however, applies only to those with a printed boarding pass. “The introduction for mobile boarding passes will take place this summer,” the airline said.

BA is also launching a new route to Nashville, Tennessee this week. The carrier now operates connections to 25 US destinations plus various connections with code-sharing partners. Customers will be able to make use of TSA Pre-check lanes at two hundred airports across the US.

According to a TSA research published in March 2018, 93 per cent of customers using the scheme waited less than five minutes which has allowed them to get more time for themselves at their destination.