TSA Pre?™

What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.

What does TSA PreCheck mean for travelers?

TSA PreCheck Experience:

  • Quicker transit through airport lanes
  • Shorter lines
  • Shorter wait times
  • Improved customer experience

No Removal of:

  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag and laptop from carry-on

Visit the following link to learn about the Trusted Traveler programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): http://www.dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-programs

What type of Trusted Traveler programs are there?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has several Trusted Traveler programs which provide an improved passenger experience, while enhancing security and increasing system-wide efficiencies. The programs are customized based on travel needs and many of them have reciprocal benefits. See below for guidance on which program may be best for you or click here for a comparison chart.

Customers have asked us to place their number in their passenger name record (PNR)?
You can add their Known Traveler Number (KTN) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to a PNR for TSA vetting. For those who have opted-In based on their Elite member status, American Airlines will input a specific code in the PNR for TSA vetting. In both cases, TSA makes the sole determination on TSA PreCheck access.

Can the customer have a KTN issued by TSA or CBP and the opt-in designator?
No, a customer may only have one or the other.

Does the KTN go in the same field as the redress number?
The trusted traveler or CBP ID number should go in the Known Traveler Number field. The KTN is NOT the same thing as a redress number. The mask should have a field for both of these numbers. American will also allow passengers to store their numbers in their profile with the airline. For American, this means even if the booking is made with a third party and they have no way of entering the KTN number, American will pick up the KTN from the customer profile.

Is it possible for a traveler to have a redress number and a KTN? If a customer has both of these numbers do we have to enter both of them?
It is possible to have both of these numbers. The redress number and the KTN should both be placed in the appropriate field, or the numbers will not work correctly.

The Sabre Format:
Known Traveler Number
4DOCO//k/123456789 or 4DOCO//k/123456789-1.1

Note: A CBP issued KTN is nine digits and begins with the number 9. TSA issued KTN is alpha-numeric and begins with the letters TT.

4DOCO//R/123456-2.1 - Up to 25 characters; not necessary to name associate if only one customer in PNR.

Users of other GDSs should contact the respective GDS for the correct format.

If I am an eligible candidate how do I register?
If you're an AAdvantage® program member, go to aa.com, select My Account and log on.

  • Within My Account, go to the Personal Information and Password tab.
  • If you are eligible to participate in the program, you will see an Opt in field for the AAdvantage Known Passenger Program.
  • To opt-in, simply check the box.

You may also opt-in by calling AAdvantage customer service at 1-800-882-8880, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT.

Example of a KTN field:

TSA Preject Number

Please visit the TSA website for a wealth of additional information on TSA PreCheck.

Updated January 12, 2015