Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
TORONTO — All systems are a go for Sunwing, which has just announced entry into the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA Pre✓.
Available at 180 U.S. airports, travellers that are approved by the program depart through a dedicated screening lane and do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.
According to TSA, in December alone, 97% of TSA Pre✓ passengers got through an expedited screening lane in less than five minutes. The program now has 30 airline partners.
Sunwing passengers who are already members of a trusted traveller program such as Global Entry or NEXUS are already eligible to benefit from TSA Pre✓ screening when departing from any of the participating U.S. airports. Access to the program is simple: passengers present their NEXUS or Global Entry membership card at check-in and, once verified, will be provided with a boarding card that says they are TSA Pre✓-approved.
The airline is also in the process of upgrading its booking portal so that passengers can enter in their details ahead of their arrival at the airport further expedite the process.
“Delivering an excellent customer experience is of paramount importance to us, and we are extremely pleased to be awarded entry into this program. We look forward to working with TSA in continuing to improve travellers’ experience in processing through security, while still maintaining their utmost safety.”