Expedited screening with TSA Pre✓™

TSA Pre✓™ is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) risk-based security initiative which allows low-risk travellers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.

You may be eligible for TSA Pre✓™ if you are a:
  • Canadian citizen who is a member of NEXUS
  • Foreign citizen who is a member of Global Entry (see Global Entry eligibility) and not registered as a U.S. lawful permanent resident
  • U.S. citizen with a Known Traveller Number (KTN)
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or Lawful Permanent Resident who is a member of the TSA Pre✓™ application program
  • U.S. citizen who is a member of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveller program; Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS.
  • Member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard

What does TSA Pre✓™ mean for travellers?

TSA Pre✓™ Experience:
  • Being referred to a dedicated lane
  • Quicker transit through airport security screening
  • Faster moving lines
  • Improved travel experience
No Removal of:
  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • 3-1-1 compliant liquid bag

Also, children 12 years of age or younger travelling with you or an eligible guardian will be allowed to accompany you through the TSA Pre✓™ lane.

In order to experience TSA Pre✓™, you must provide your Known Traveller Number (KTN) to Air Canada before or at time of check-in:
  • If you are completing your check-in at the airport directly with an agent (effective April 29, 2014) or using one of our self-service kiosks (effective May 6, 2014), the TSA PRECHK indicator will print on your boarding pass if you are eligible;
  • If you are checking in online or on your mobile device, you will be advised if you are eligible and you will need to reprint your boarding pass at an airport self-service check-in kiosk or with an agent to take advantage of the service.

Learn more about how TSA manages the TSA Pre✓™ risk-based security pre-screening initiative and view our FAQs below for more information on the program.

If you are a member of a DHSTrusted Traveler Program, or possess a Known Traveller Number (KTN), you are eligible.

To participate in TSA Pre✓™, please enter your PASS ID, which is your KTN, in the Known Traveller Number field when booking your flight as shown below.

You’ll find the KTN field on the Who is travelling page:

You can also enter your PASS ID in the KTN field when you enter your Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) information:

Your Pass ID (KTN) is located on the back of your program membership card if you are a:
  • Canadian citizen who is a member of NEXUS,
  • U.S. citizen enrolled in Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI.

Here is an example of the PASS ID number on the back of a NEXUS card:

Members of the TSA Pre✓™ application program are not issued a card, but are mailed a Known Traveller Number.

Travellers who have been cleared for TSA Pre✓™ will have information embedded in the barcode of their boarding pass. Once the boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane. If you have been cleared for TSA Pre✓™, you will see the letters TSA PRECHK at the bottom left of your kiosk or airport counter printed Air Canada boarding pass, next to the barcode as seen below.

If you are checking in online or with your mobile device, you will be advised if eligible for TSA Pre✓™ and must reprint your boarding passes at an airport self-service check-in kiosk or with an agent to take advantage of the service.

When TSA Pre✓™ is available:
TSA Pre✓™ is available to Air Canada passengers departing from participating U.S. airports and, where available, on connecting U.S. flights.

  • Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (CLE)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)
  • Denver, Colorado (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX)
  • Maui, Hawaii (OGG)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA) *
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE)
  • Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota (MSP)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
  • New York-LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
  • Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • San Diego, California (SAN)
  • San Francisco, California (SFO) *
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Sarasota, Florida (SRQ)
  • Seattle, Washington (SEA)
  • Syracuse, New York (SYR)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • Washington, DC (DCA) *
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)
* Select times only.

If you are departing from one of the participating U.S. airports referenced above, your boarding pass will be scanned at the checkpoint, and you may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane.

Because TSA determines a passenger's eligibility for TSA Pre✓™ on a flight by flight basis, it’s important to remember that there is no guarantee that you will benefit from expedited screening, even if:
  • you possess a Known Traveller Number and
  • you are departing from an airport which offers TSA Pre✓™
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed TSA Pre✓™ screening.

When TSA Pre✓™ is not available:
TSA Pre✓™ is not available to Air Canada passengers departing from any other airport than those listed above.

If you are departing from an airport where no Air Canada TSA Pre✓™ checkpoint is available, please proceed to the standard security lane, even if:
  • you have a Known Traveller Number and
  • the TSA Pre✓™ indicator (TSA PRECHK) appears on your boarding pass

The TSA determines a passenger's eligibility for TSA Pre✓™ on a flight by flight basis. Members of DHS Trusted Traveler programs are more likely to receive expedited screening.

The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed TSA Pre™ screening.

Travellers may apply for expedited screening through a DHS Trusted Traveler program; TSA Pre✓™ application program, or NEXUS, Global Entry or SENTRI.

If you are currently a member of a DHS Trusted Traveler program, you are already eligible for TSA Pre✓™ when you fly on a participating airline out of a participating airport*.

You must enter your PASS ID in the Known Traveller Number field when completing your booking. Always remember to enter your full name, date of birth and PASS ID exactly as they appear on your membership card. It is recommended to use the same name on your passport and DHS Trusted Traveler Program when booking your reservation.

When you book your flight at aircanada.com, you’ll find the Known Traveller Number field on the Who is travelling page:

You can also enter your PASS ID in the Known Traveller Number field when you enter your APIS information:

If you are not already a member of a DHS Trusted Traveler program, visit the Canada Border Services Agency or Department of Homeland Security websites for information on how to apply.

Find out which Trusted Traveller Program may be best for you.

* Remember that TSA Pre✓™ is available to Air Canada passengers departing from participating U.S. airports.

  • Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (CLE)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)
  • Denver, Colorado (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX)
  • Maui, Hawaii (OGG)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA) *
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE)
  • Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota (MSP)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
  • New York-LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
  • Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • San Diego, California (SAN)
  • San Francisco, California (SFO) *
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Sarasota, Florida (SRQ)
  • Seattle, Washington (SEA)
  • Syracuse, New York (SYR)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • Washington, DC (DCA) *
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)
* Select times only.

View a complete list of all participating airports.

By participating in TSA Pre✓™, you will provide Air Canada permission to share your reservation and trusted traveller information with TSA. After reviewing this information, TSA will determine if you are eligible for expedited screening.

If you have been cleared for TSA Pre✓™, you will see the letters TSA PRECHK at the bottom left of your printed Air Canada boarding pass, next to the barcode.

Because the TSA determines a passenger's eligibility for TSA Pre✓™ on a flight by flight basis, it’s important to remember that there is no guarantee that you will benefit from expedited screening, even if:

  • you have a Known Traveller Number and
  • you are leaving from an airport which offers TSA Pre✓™

TSA Pre✓™ is only available to Air Canada passengers departing from participating U.S. airports.

  • Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (CLE)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)
  • Denver, Colorado (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX)
  • Maui, Hawaii (OGG)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA) *
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE)
  • Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota (MSP)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
  • New York-LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
  • Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • San Diego, California (SAN)
  • San Francisco, California (SFO) *
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Sarasota, Florida (SRQ)
  • Seattle, Washington (SEA)
  • Syracuse, New York (SYR)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • Washington, DC (DCA) *
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)
* Select times only.

View a complete list of all participating airports.

Travellers are vetted for TSA Pre✓™ every time they fly. TSA and airlines cannot limit printing of the TSA Pre✓™ indicator to only TSA Pre✓™ participating airports.

If you still have questions about TSA Pre✓™, please contact the TSA.