If you have a TSA PRCHCK “stamp” (or a TSA Pre ✓ logo) on your paper or mobile boarding pass it means you have been randomly selected by an airline for a free trial of TSA Precheck.
What is TSA Precheck?
Think of a TSA Precheck as an advance security pass. A TSA PRCHK “stamp” in your boarding pass marks you as a low-risk traveler. It means that you can use PreCheck lane at the airport and can go through security check without removing your shoes, liquids or electronics from your carry-on luggage.
How To Use TSA Precheck?
When you get to the airport security check, use the lane for TSA Precheck members. Usually, directions to the PreCheck lane are clearly marked with a blue TSA Pre ✓ banner. You won’t miss it.
When it’s your turn show your boarding pass with a TSA Precheck stamp on it and go through the security check without removing:
- Shoes, jacket, belt
- Liquids and electronics in your carry-on bag
Why Do Airlines Give Precheck for Free?
All major U.S. airports are struggling with problems caused by long lines at the security checkpoints. That’s why airlines who are participating in TSA Precheck “randomly” choose travelers for a Precheck free trial.
The first thing to remember is you won’t get any notification or email or anything. If you have been randomly selected for a TSA Precheck you will simply get a TSA PRECHK or TSA Pre ✓ mark on your boarding pass. Afterward, you are free to use this benefit.
Usually, TSA Precheck costs $85 for a 5-year subscription. You can apply for TSA Precheck membership only if you’re a “clean” U.S. citizen with no criminal records. All you have to do is fill out an online form (provide information about your employment and residency history), include documents that prove your citizenship, and pay $85.
You can also use TSA Precheck with some EU airlines such as Lufthansa TSA Precheck.