Do US security faster with TSA Pre✓®
To benefit from TSA Pre✓ and Global Entry, you'll need to apply.
This page explains what TSA Pre✓ and Global Entry are, who is eligible to use them, and how they can apply.
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed a pre-screening process called TSA Pre✓. This allows qualifying travellers, including Virgin Atlantic passengers, to enjoy faster security screening and use dedicated TSA Pre✓ lanes at participating US airports.
With TSA Pre✓, you don't need to remove shoes, light jackets or belts when you go through security. Compliant liquids and laptops can stay in your hand luggage as well.
UK nationals can use TSA Pre✓ by joining the Global Entry programme, which also allows a faster entry through US immigration on arrival.
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Membership of the TSA Pre✓ programme itself is to US citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Citizens of other countries, including the UK, can join the Global Entry programme, which allows use of the TSA Pre✓ lanes at the airport.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection 'Trusted Traveler' programme for non-US citizens, including UK passport holders. It helps you get through customs and immigration more quickly when you arrive in the US at certain airports, by using automated kiosks.
You will also be able to use the faster TSA Pre✓ security lanes, if they are in operation at your airport.
To join Global Entry, you will need to apply and undergo a background check and interview. There is a non-refundable application fee, currently $100.
The application process for TSA Pre✓ or Global Entry involves a background check by the TSA. This includes taking your fingerprints and verifying your identity to check your criminal history, legal status, and other intelligence-related information.
You will also need to have an in-person interview at a US airport. We recommend you sign up for an interview ahead of time, so you can meet with a TSA official when you're next in a participating US airport.
Once your application for TSA Pre✓ or Global Entry has been approved, you'll be issued with a Known Traveler Number (KTN).
You should add this number to your booking, via My booking, at least 72 hours before you fly. A TSA Pre✓ symbol should appear on your boarding pass, and you'll be allowed to enter the faster security lanes at the airport.
If you have a connecting flight on another airline, including our partner Delta Air Lines, you'll also need to add your Known Traveller Number (KTN) to your booking with them.
Global Entry members arriving in the US enter dedicated kiosks, scan their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, have their fingerprints checked and complete a customs declaration. They can then get their bags and leave the airport.
The TSA authorises passengers for expedited screening, not Virgin Atlantic. Random and unpredictable security measures are incorporated throughout US airports, and no passengers are guaranteed expedited screening.
Not all US airports currently offer TSA Pre✓, including some that Virgin Atlantic fly from.
Children aged 12 and under can accompany an eligible traveller through TSA Pre✓.