Trusted Traveler Program Now Live – Sign up Today!

by on November 4, 2011 · 50 comments

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This week I flew out of Miami and saw something new – a Trusted Traveler security line that was completely empty and fully staffed. In my 20 minutes waiting in the “priority” security line, I didn’t see a single person use the line. Naively, I thought I might be eligible since I have Global Entry, but apparently you need to enter your Trusted Traveler number in your frequent flyer account to be eligible (I asked and was rebuffed by the snarky TSA agent who told me today wasn’t my lucky day as he pushed me off towards the full body scanner. It almost felt like a Christmas Story and being pushed down the slide… HO, HO, HOOOOOO!)

The real elite lane

Coincidentally, once I landed in Aruba I got the following email outlining the details of the program:

On Oct. 4, 2011 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched an expedited screening pilot program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport, and Miami International Airport. 

U.S. citizens who are members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate in the TSA pilot. CBP has partnered with TSA on this Department of Homeland Security initiative, which is designed to help TSA focus resources on higher-risk and unknown passengers while expediting the process for lower-risk and known passengers whenever possible.

Participation in the pilot will be available only to American Airlines and Delta passengers at:

Airport Airline
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Delta
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport American
Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport Delta
Miami International Airport American

The pilot program could qualify some passengers for expedited screening through U.S. airport security checkpoints via designated screening lanes, when traveling domestically. Additional potential benefits may include:

  • Keeping shoes on
  • Keeping 3-1-1 compliant bag in carry-on
  • Leaving laptop in bag
  • Leaving on light outerwear/jacket
  • Leaving belt on

At no point, however, is this program an entitlement. Passengers are always subject to random, unpredictable screening measures.

To participate, Trusted Traveler program members must provide their membership number (PASS ID) in the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking reservations or enter it into their frequent flyer profile with the airline. The Trusted Traveler membership number will enable TSA’s Secure Flight System to verify that the traveler is a legitimate CBP Trusted Traveler and therefore eligible to participate in the TSA pilot.    

Find your Trusted Traveler’s membership number by logging into your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. The membership number is listed toward the bottom of the page.  The membership number is also on the back of Trusted Traveler cards.  Please refer to the following Web address for a visual reference: tsa.html.

Okay, so if you have Global Entry/Nexus/Sentri and want to do this you need to access the GOES system, which can be found here. To find my ID I simply searched my Gmail for GOES LOGIN and found several emails from GOES SYSTEM SUPPORT from when I applied for Global Entry. Once you have your USER ID, then log-in.

Remember: Your password must start with a number, have uppercase and lowercase and a symbol, so I obviously couldn’t remember mine, but easily reset it upon answering a security question.

Once you are in the system, on the main screen you will see TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM at the bottom with a Membership Number / PASSID. That’s the number you will have to store in your American/Delta account.

For American, go to -> AAdvantage -> My Account -> Personal Information & Password -> Then you’ll see a spot for Customs and Border Protection ID. That’s where you enter your PASSID.

AA Entry Page

For Delta, go to -> SkyMiles -> Manage My Account -> About Me -> Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a section for Secure Flight Passenger Data. Enter your PASSID where it says Known Traveler Number.

Delta entry page

Then you’re done! The next time you go through security at one of the participating airports and you are flying either AA (Miami and Dallas) or Delta (Atlanta/Detroit) you should automatically be selected for Expedited Security from the TSA agent scans your boarding pass. Feel free to report your recent success/failures – I suspect this will become a really great perk for a couple years until everyone else catches up and gets Global Entry or until the masses revolt and they switch the lanes back to general security!

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  • Federico

    Brian, I saw the same line 2 weeks ago (Oct 21) at MIA airport. I have the Known Traveler number on my AA account BUT I WASN’T SELECTED because I was flying from MIA to EZE, in other words, the TSA agent told us (not just me) that TTP was not available for international flights, only domestic.

  • Anonymous

    I flew out of DFW on 10/29 and did not see any expedited lines in Terminal A.

  • Michael

    Does the Global Entry fee reoccur every year?

  • meee

    I have done this twice so far at DTW and has been a BREEZE! Only thing you need to put in a bin is your cell. Jacket, shoes, belt all stay on. I really hope this program continues to grow.

  • Anonymous

    Nope- good for at least 5 years

  • Mitch

    The $100 fee covers you for five years.

  • Anonymous

    Been doing this at ATL for a couple of months now. Feels like the good ole days…

  • infamousdx

    Glad to see we are moving closer to seeing this program spread. I hope they get it for UA/CO in EWR soon!

  • PJ

    hehe dont youhave your GLobal Entry card? PASSID is on the back of the card

  • cdmoye

    Thanks! I love the GOES line in general, so this will make that experience complete :)

  • cdmoye

    Incidentally, though they may not be participating in the pilot program, there is a place to fill in your PASS ID for both US Airways and United as well. Do it now or forget it later… I didn’t see a spot on Southwest, though :P

  • FF

    The expedited line at DFW is at checkpoint C-30. Unfortunately, despite having Global Entry and my PASS ID in my AA profile, I am 0 for 3 there.

  • Anonymous

    Thx for the tip about US Airways. But I didn’t see any place for the info on United MP, only a redress number, which is not the same thing as PASSID.

  • John Slater

    Didn’t know there was a card for Global Entry. All I got was a sticker on the back of my passport.

  • Carwag25

    I added the PASS ID to my AA profile, however, is anything printed on a boarding pass with this number?

  • Xajn

    Where can I see a list of airports that are in the queue to join this program? Fingers crossed for SFO!

  • Anonymous

    I flew to NYC out of ATL on Delta Friday morning & I was pointed to enter the “Pre” line. Other than taking off my large silver belt buckle & belt, it was a breeze. I hope this is adopted system wide or at least at all of the major airports. I also hope that some low life varmint does not screw it up & have it cancelled.

  • CraigR

    It’s not so automatic, and certainly not an entitlement, even if you’ve registered. Per the TSA details on

    “… no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening in order to retain a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system.”

    Note also their use of qualifiers: “Passengers are…*eligible* to participate in this pilot, which *could* qualify them for expedited screening”

  • CraigR

    The cards are now issued automatically with new Global Entry approvals as of last summer; you can have one issued to you for $15 if you were approved for Global Entry prior to that time. Global Entry cards are only used for land and sea travel, valid for use at the SENTRI and NEXUS lanes coming into the United States. The card operates as a SENTRI card for Global Entry members. You still need to use a passport at the Global Entry kiosks for air travel, the cards are not valid for use there.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, FF. I’ll look there next time. I wonder when they will get one in each terminal.

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  • Guest

    you can also log into your GOES ID online and it will display your “pass ID” on your account, if you dont want to wait for a card in the mail to use teh new PreCheck

  • Guest

    while the fee is good for 5 years, i recommend applying for Nexus, gives you access to expedited lines in Canada as well is only $50 for 5 years and gives you access to Global Entry as well!

    where as as a Global Entry member that now wants to do nexus you have to pay and additional $50 to be vetted for Canadian access.

  • Mitch

    That’s all well and good if you can do your interview somewhere that you can get a NEXUS interview, which is not easy for those not living near or transiting an airport near the Canadian border.

  • Guest

    Keep in mind, GE is not the only program that gives you access to TSA PreCheck, NEXUS and SENTRI do as well.

    Nexus is the best of the programs $50 for five years, gives you access to use Sentri lanes as well as Global Entry at airports in the US and access to customs kiosks in Canada

  • Brad

    where do you enter PASSID on United’s website?

  • Brad

    where do you enter PASSID on United’s website?

  • Steve

    This did not work for me on the Delta website without adding the letters “AX” before and “US” after the number. I still don’t know if it will take.

  • Jim

    A prvevious question was asked on where you place the PASS ID for United. United 1K didn’t have a clue.

  • Do

    I can’t find where on United you enter the passid. I’m all over the profile page.

  • ClaireLondon

    Hi… could you please tell me where to sign up for this program. On T.V. they said the cost was about $100.00 for two years. Everything I am finding shows $169.99 per year.


  • MBChicago

    For United, in the new website: Home > My Account > Profile under Saved Traveler click “TSA pre-screening program” open the box that says ” I have a Trusted Traveler program Pass ID number” and enter your PASS ID

  • Zl700a

    $100 lasts for 5 years

  • MMTN

    In order to correctly add my Known Traveler Number to my Delta profile, do I need to include letters “AX” before and “US” after the number as on the Delta website, or just my 9 digit number as displayed on GOES?

  • Boldenburg

    Nothing gets printed on your boarding pass. If you clear pre-check, it is put into the bar code and you will get access when scanned.

  • Boldenburg

    If you received an inviation from United, you put the PASS ID in your profile

  • Boldenburg

    United just kicked this off in Chicago over the last couple of weeks. Was fantastic, breeze right through. Now if they get just get ramped up in Newark…..

  • SLA

    Just tried to add my pass id from global entry in the known traveler field on my delta skymiles account, but it wouldn’t accept it. It seems the format requires 2 letters before the numbers, and 2 letters after (based on the example on the form). My pass id has no letters; my login for global entry does, but the directions are specific about it using your pass id… any one else encounter this?

  • Mitch

    Did it actively reject your number? Mine is just nine digits long (no letters), and I had no problem storing it on

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  • Starlapoint

    I found out via a TSA agent and the TSA website that Delta is displaying the number incorrectly. You will only enter the 9 digit number in that space. If you add the letters that are on your GOES card, you will be denied access. This happened to my boss, had to learn the hard way.

  • Starlapoint

    9 numbers only.

  • MS

    I have a Pass ID and used it with United. However, when lying from LAX, where they had an expedited line, I was not “cleared” for the fast lane. Not sure if it’s automatic or there is some other qualifying parameters.

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  • Esuchecki

    How long does it take for the info to show on boarding pass after I enter my Global entry Know traveler number into my profile.

  • chell

    i inadvertently filled out known travler id number with the word passport, I did not understand the question, and DO NOT and am NOT a member or have a traveler id, now what to do, called airline and they said I could get this fixed at the airport, anyone have this problem?

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