Lufthansa Becomes First Airline in Europe to Offer TSA PreCheck

lufthansaLufthansa German Airlines has announced it is now the first airline in Europe to participate in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck program. As a result, eligible Lufthansa customers will experience expedited screening at the security checkpoints of participating U.S. airports. 

The faster screening is available at more than 180 airports nationwide, Lufthansa said. 

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information is embedded in the barcode and the TSA PreCheck imprint will appear on the passenger’s boarding pass. When TSA scans the barcode at the security checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA PreCheck lane. Expedited screening may allow passengers to keep on shoes, belts and light outwear, as well as leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant bags in carry-on baggage.

Currently, U.S. citizens, dual citizens, and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply to the TSA PreCheck Application Program, as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs such as NEXUS for Canadian Citizens, as well as Global Entry, which is currently available for eight nationalities, including Germany.

TSA PreCheck is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.