Viva Air, a Colombian Airline, Joins the TSA PreCheck Scheme

“The more individuals who are enrolled in TSA PreCheck, the more we can focus resources on individuals who more likely pose a risk to aviation security. It’s better security and a better experience for travelers”, TSA Administrator.

Highlights

  • For aircraft departing from US airports, this service offers quicker security processing.
  • TSA PreCheck is accessible to US citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent residents for a fee of US$85 for a five-year subscription.
  • The TSA authenticates "Known Traveler Number" to each new application it receives.

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Viva Air

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand its TSA PreCheck scheme to include Colombian low-cost carrier Viva Air. Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport are currently served by Viva Air.

TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is an accelerated screening programme that now includes Viva Air, a low-cost airline operating in Medellin. 

For aircraft departing from US airports, this service offers quicker security processing. It's only one of the US government's numerous endeavours on the subject. Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI are among the others.

TSA PreCheck allows low-risk travellers to go through security quickly at more than 200 US airports. Enrolling in the programme, for example, lets passengers skip taking off their shoes, belts, drinks, computers, and light coats.

TSA PreCheck is used by over 80 airlines, including certain Latin American carriers such as Aeromexico, Avianca, Azul, Copa AirLines, VivaAerobus, and LATAM.

With ten million participants, the Program will hit a major milestone in 2020. TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated,

“The more individuals who are enrolled in TSA PreCheck, the more we can focus resources on individuals who more likely pose a risk to aviation security. It’s better security and a better experience for travellers.”

How to enrol

TSA PreCheck is accessible to US citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent residents for a fee of US$85 for a five-year subscription.

The programme is open to qualifying passengers travelling from Nassau, Bahamas, and US airports, as well as those connecting on domestic flights once they return to the US. According to the administration, it significantly cuts airport wait times. "In January, TSA PreCheck members waited fewer than five minutes in 97 percent of cases."

The TSA authenticates "Known Traveler Number" to each new application it receives. When a customer adds the KTN to an airline reservation, they are entitled to use TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints around the country.

However, enrolled airline customers should check their boarding passes for the TSA PreCheck indicator to see if they are eligible for TSA PreCheck screening prior to their flights.

International route map of Viva

In recent months, Viva Air has experienced rapid growth. The airline announced last week that a new international route will begin on June 22 between Medelln and Sao Paulo.

The low-cost airline also flies to the United States, Mexico, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, with over 30 foreign routes planned in the next few years.

Datchanapriya is a journalism and mass communication student from Chennai. Has always been passionate about writing and connecting with people.

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