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British Airways has signed up to TSA pre-check

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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

British Airways joins TSA precheck

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.


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Comments (52)

  • Wally1976 says:

    OT – just confirming that when transferring Amex MR to Radisson Rewards, you only need to enter the last 10 digits of your RR number. The transfer I made (of 3 points) arrived in my RR account yesterday.

    • TripRep says:

      Good tip Wally, I had to phone AMEX to process mine and they told me the same.

  • Sam G says:

    O/T – heads up as a few of us may have booked the Bangkok offer on Garuda – they’ve zero’d out the London flight on the GDS for winter.

    May be a false alarm, can’t find much online – but it is referenced in this local news article from a few months ago as under review due to the airline’s losses (will need to translate) – https://news.detik.com/jawatengah/4006590/respons-menteri-rini-soal-ancaman-demo-karyawan-garuda-indonesia

    I suspect any reroute would be via KLM and Amsterdam although they do also codeshare on Ethiad. Upside would be the timing of the flights from Amsterdam offer much better connections

    Will update if I hear anything, I’ll try swing by their office in Singapore this week to ask!

    • Axel says:

      The air stewards did mention this cancelatation was imminent on my last trip LHR-CGK leg ( I skipped the onwards leg to BKK).

      Best Lontong Sayur Ive ever had was on Garuda J.

  • Craig says:

    OT: How long do SPG point transfers take between household members?

    • Andrew McLoughlin says:

      Ithink Rob mentioned a in comment recently that it was around five days. I’m still waiting for mine which were sent on 31/05.

  • Paul says:

    Should be careful not to confuse Global Entry with TSA Pre…

    Global Entry does give you TSA Pre access, but TSA Pre can be purchased separately and is available through other schemes too.

    Security times through TSA Pre can be far less than 5 minutes!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Thought that UK citizens could on get via Global Entry. US citizens can buy it separately?

      • Mycity says:

        Agreed, my understanding is you can’t buy TSA pre unless your a US citizen.

  • rams1981 says:

    OT anyone else having issues getting to combine my Avios page?

    • the real harry1 says:

      loads

      phone

      • Stu N says:

        It’s been really flaky but got it to work to move IB-Avios-BA last week after quite a few tries. Using private browsing seemed to help.

  • Down the Back says:

    OT: Wife was going to cancel her BA Amex today as her supp on mine has arrived. She has 9k points in it, what is the best thing to do not to lose the points, do we wait until they transfer then cancel or can we call and have them moved now to BA or would Amex even move them to her Amex MR account if we called ?

    Thanks
    DtB

    • Jon says:

      I cancelled mine a while back, before the remaining points had cleared, and sure enough, come the final statement, the points didn’t go across. I called Amex and customer services were very helpful, explaining that they do try to send them but sometimes if the card has been cancelled it fails, apparently. They suggested the easiest option was to credit my Membership Rewards account – fine by me! 🙂 They even rounded them up “for the inconvenience of having to call” – only a few hundred points, but it was a nice (and unexpected) gesture, I thought.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Must wait for them to transfer across before cancelling or you’re highly likely to lose them

  • Mark2 says:

    personally I would wait until they have transferred.

  • Chris Jackson says:

    We were directed through the TSA pre line at JFK last October and tutted at when we tried to open our hand luggage for liquids! We are flying back from Seattle tonight and our boarding passes say TSA pre. We’ve never asked for this or had any interview , it just happened automatically!

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