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Update 5/17/2018: On the day after we confirmed with British Airways and TSA that the airline wasn’t part of PreCheck, British Airways has joined TSA PreCheck.


PreCheck’s got 52 airlines, but British Airways ain’t one. That’s right, one of the largest operators of transatlantic flights still isn’t part of the TSA PreCheck program, despite what’s been reported on some blogs and what you might assume based on the airline’s website. Meanwhile, boutique airlines like Dominican Wings, Seaborne Airlines and, well, Boutique Airlines are already part of the program.

Rumors began swirling in early May that British Airways had joined PreCheck. Sure enough, a TSA press release came out that morning… listing six airlines that weren’t British Airways. You can add Air Serbia, Condor, Porter Airlines, SAS and Thomas Cook to the list of airlines that beat British to the finish line.

However, if you check British Airways’ website, you might assume that the carrier is part of TSA PreCheck. After all, you can enter your Known Traveler Number into reservations online and at British Airways ticket counters. On BA’s website, a pop-up window tells passengers how “to use TSA Precheck with British Airways”:

Image courtesy of TPG reader Arthur from a upcoming British Airways reservation.

TPG asked the TSA if British Airways was an unannounced participating PreCheck airline. The spokesperson’s response was short and blunt: “BA is NOT a Precheck airline.”

So, we checked with the airline about the confusion. A British Airways spokesperson confirmed that BA is “not yet a member of the TSA PreCheck program,” but teased:

We appreciate this is a terrific benefit to our customers and will provide more information shortly.

So we might see a press release soon announcing British Airways as a TSA PreCheck-participating airline. Considering how long its been already, we aren’t holding our breath.

Featured image by Joe Raedle / Staff

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