WestJet today announced that eligible guests departing from U.S. airports will now be able to receive the TSA PreCheck designation using web, mobile and kiosk check-in. Until now, only eligible guests who received their boarding passes at WestJet counters could take advantage of the program, which offers a less-intrusive search when departing from U.S. airports.
"This next step is very important for our guests, particularly those who make use of one of our many self-serve options," said Ed Baklor, WestJet Senior Vice-President, Guest Experience. "The ability to check in, add your known traveller number and have your TSA PreCheck designation embedded in the barcode of your electronic boarding pass will make the security experience much more efficient, especially for business travellers and other frequent flyers."
To be eligible, guests must be registered with TSA PreCheck (tsa.gov), one of four U.S. Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveller programs. When using one of the program's dedicated security lanes, TSA PreCheck members can leave their shoes, belt, or light jacket on while passing through the scanner. Laptops and liquids can remain in carry-on baggage.
Travellers eligible for TSA PreCheck include:
- Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS
- U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are members of NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry, or TSA PreCheck
Effective today, WestJet will also be able to issue electronic boarding passes for eligible guests departing from any Canadian airport, with the exception of Calgary, to any U.S. or international destination served by WestJet. Guests flying from Calgary to U.S. or international destinations will receive electronic boarding passes when the airport's new international terminal opens October 31, 2016. Guests flying from any U.S. destination served by WestJet, as well as select international destinations served by WestJet, will also be able to receive electronic boarding passes.
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