The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it has added five new airlines to its list of partner airlines that qualify for TSA PreCheck screening. This brings the total number of airlines participating in this program to 42 international and domestic carriers.

The TSA PreCheck program allows low risk passengers to apply for security clearance through the TSA website. The cost for the program is $85.00 for five years or $17 per year. Once approved, fliers can use the TSA PreCheck lines to go through security instead of waiting in the extensive security check lines.

TSAPreCheck passengers do not have to remove their shoes, jackets, or belts, have their laptops checked or have their 3-1-1 liquids checked by security.

The new airlines to join the TSA Pre Check program include:

  • All Nippon Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Contour Aviation
  • Finnair
  • Korean Air

The TSA has stated that they are continuing to work with airlines from around the world to bring as many of them into the program as possible.

The TSA PreCheck program is fantastic for anyone who frequently travels. This program allows you to move quickly through the screening process. Tip: Make sure to attach your TSA number to your frequent flier programs for faster service.

On a side note, anyone who uses a credit card that is attached to an airline or rewards program, as well as a few independent issuers, should check the benefits package issued by the company. Many of these credit cards will waive the TSA application fee for you if you apply for clearance through their program. Consider the following two cards shown at the bottom of this page if having this TSA PreCheck perk for free is something that you are interested in.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.