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Qatar Airways joins an ever-growing list of airlines that are now participating in TSA PreCheck (or how the TSA insists on branding it, TSA Pre✓).
With the addition of Qatar, 67 airlines in total are now part of the program. When using PreCheck expedited security lanes, passengers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets.
For Qatar, that includes the following airports where they have U.S. operations:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
The best way to get TSA PreCheck is to have a credit card that reimburses the membership fee. Your best bet would be to apply for Global Entry, which besides PreCheck, also includes expedited customs screening for international air travelers entering the United States. PreCheck costs $85 while Global Entry costs $100 for a five year membership.
The top cards that include a credit for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck include:
- Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (*Global Entry reimbursement negates the $95 annual fee)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Platinum Card from American Express
- United Explorer Card (*No annual fee for the first year)
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (*Global Entry reimbursement negates the $89 annual fee)
I’m most excited to see this at my home airport, New York (JFK) Terminal 8, where American and soon British Airways will fly out of. In my experience, the PreCheck line there is never more than a minute or two long (often with no wait at all). Meanwhile, I’ve seen the standard security line inch along slowly during the peak evening rush of flights…