Bits: TSA pre-check now available on BA, new Virgin Atlantic route from Manchester to Los Angeles

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News in brief:

British Airways now in TSA pre-check

British Airways has announced that the airline has signed up to TSA pre-check to speed up your experience when travelling from the US.

Passengers travelling on British Airways flights and codeshare partners who are Global Entry members will be able to:

  • use fast track security lines at 200 US airports
  • won’t need to remove anything from their hand luggage including liquids and
  • can keep belts and shoes on

This can cut down the security check time to an alleged 5 minutes.

Initially TSA pre-check status will only be available if you select a printed boarding pass.  Mobile boarding passes will follow in the Summer.

The TSA pre-check lane at BA’s JFK Terminal 7 will launch in the Summer once construction in the security area has been completed.

UK citizen can apply for Global entry on the TSA website and need to attend an interview at an one of the 380+ enrollment centres in the US or at the US Embassy in London during their interview periods.  The last enrollment event in London ended early May but we will keep you posted on new appointment dates.

Virgin Atlantic launches Manchester to Los Angeles

Virgin Atlantic to launch Manchester to Los Angeles

Virgin Atlantic has announced a new route out of Manchester.

From 26th May 2019 there will be three flights per week from Manchester to Los Angeles.  This will put Virgin in direct competition with Thomas Cook, who also fly the route.

Los Angeles will replace the current Manchester – San Francisco route.

The Manchester routes to Las Vegas and Boston will also see increased frequency over Summer 2019.  There will be four weekly services to Las Vegas from 31st March and three weekly services to Boston from 25th May.

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Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Apologies as I know this post is a few days old now but can I just clarify whether TSA pre-check is available for non-US citizens? Reading the above, it would suggest that it is (hence the London based interviews) but unless I am being thick then all of the sites that I have found/read talk about this only being available to US citizens.

    Thanks

    • timds says:

      If you have Global Entry then TSA-Pre is automatic, if you’re a non US citizen I’m not sure that you can get TSA-Pre on it’s own, but Global Entry is a worthwhile investment if you don’t mind paying the fee. I’m regularly through US immigration faster than my US citizen wife.

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