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11 airlines have joined the TSA PreCheck program.

January 26, 2017

Eleven airlines, including budget carrier Spirit and the U.K.'s Virgin Atlantic, have joined the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck program, allowing their customers to speed through airport security.

Starting January 26, customers flying on the these airlines who qualify for TSA PreCheck will be able to skip the regular security lines and head to the PreCheck entrance, where they can go through airport security without having to remove their shoes, light jackets, belts, or take laptops and compliant liquids out of their carry-ons.

With the program—which requires an $85 application fee—travelers wait five minutes or less at security checkpoints, according to the TSA. PreCheck is available in more than 180 airports throughout the U.S.

The 11 airlines added Thursday include:

  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Key Lime Air
  • Miami Air International
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sunwing
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Xtra Airways

Customers flying with Spirit can add their Known Traveler Number (KTN) during the booking process, or attach it to an existing reservation with the airline under the Manage Travel section of Spirit’s website.

For Virgin Atlantic passengers, a valid KTN or a Customs and Border Protection-issued PASS ID will apply to flights specifically between the U.S. and the U.K. Once customers are approved, they’ll get a PreCheck indicator on their mobile or printed boarding pass to bring to the airport. Customers who are connecting on other eligible carriers will be required to re-enter their KTN in a separate reservation when booking or at least 72 hours before departure to qualify.

Virgin Atlantic is the first U.K. airline to participate in PreCheck.

The TSA's addition of 11 new airlines to PreCheck now brings the program's total number of participating carriers to 30.

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