TSA PreCheck Expands to Include Lufthansa

Lufthansa becomes first European airline to extend TSA PreCheck Privileges to customers By: Michelle Juergen
Fliers on Lufthansa can now receive the benefits of TSA PreCheck. // © 2016 iStock
Fliers on Lufthansa can now receive the benefits of TSA PreCheck. // © 2016 iStock

The Details


Transportation Security Administration

At of the end of August, Lufthansa became the first European airline to offer Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck privileges to eligible passengers.

Why It Matters:
Here’s a reason to book Lufthansa for your client’s next Europe trip: Passengers traveling on the German airline who are eligible for TSA PreCheck will now be able to receive the service when utilizing boarding passes from ticket agents or automated kiosks in the departure lobby, as well as when using home-printed and mobile boarding passes. Lufthansa is currently the only European airline extending TSA PreCheck privileges to its guests but will hopefully set a precedent for other foreign carriers, especially as membership in the PreCheck program continues to grow.

Fast Facts:
- Lufthansa passengers eligible for expedited screening will have a TSA PreCheck indicator embedded in the barcode of their boarding pass so that when the pass is scanned at the TSA checkpoint, the passenger can be referred to a PreCheck lane. The airline will also print a TSA PreCheck indicator directly on the boarding pass so that passengers will know in advance that they have been cleared for expedited screening.

- Passengers eligible for TSA PreCheck include members of the TSA PreCheck application program and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry and NEXUS for Canadian citizens. The service is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

- These 18 carriers now participate in TSA PreCheck: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.

What They Are Saying:
“Ensuring the security of all fliers is always our top priority, and TSA PreCheck allows us to focus on individuals we know less about,” said Peter Neffenger, administrator for the TSA. “As we continue to strengthen our partnerships, like with Lufthansa, we are working to provide a better screening experience without compromising security.”