Back in 2018, the House passed a bill that would ban most passengers who weren’t enrolled in TSA Precheck from entering its expedited security lines at airports—much to the collective groan of Precheck-enrolled passengers traveling with those who aren’t.
And while the bill hasn’t become law just yet, you might’ve wondered: If you’re traveling with someone who doesn’t have TSA Precheck, is there anything you can do to sneak them into the line anyway? Well, travel site Your Mileage May Vary recently posed this question—and the short answer is, probably not.
For security and safety reasons, an airline can’t allow other passengers TSA Precheck access simply because you’re traveling together. The one exception is for children under the age of 12—they’re allowed through Precheck lines if they’re traveling with an enrolled parent or guardian. (Those travelers who are 75 or older may also receive expedited security privileges, though it isn’t “Precheck.”) A traveler might also receive TSA Precheck access by random selection, though that’s not necessarily in your control.
In other words, you’re left to make the decision whether to depart from your loved one at security—or bite the bullet and join them in the “regular” security line. There is one thing you can do if you’re planning a trip together, however. If both you and the non-enrolled passenger in question are on the same reservation and you’ve added your known traveler number, the other passenger might luck out and receive Precheck anyway.
Otherwise, try to convince them to enroll now. Here’s our guide on all things Precheck, Global Entry, and Clear and why you might prefer to enroll in one over the other.