As I posted last week, TSA’s practice of managed inclusion and offering PreCheck to those that opt-in through an airline frequent traveler program is on the verge of being noticeably reduced. The critical mass of travelers has risen to such levels that it apparently no-longer makes sense to crowd the already taxed PreCheck lanes with those who have not yet paid to participate in a known traveler program. American Airlines confirmed as much in an email I received this afternoon.

“Hello Marshall,
AAdvantage® Gold Number: ABC1234

This month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making changes to the TSA Pre✓® Trusted Traveler Program that will impact which travelers receive expedited screening. If you’re not already a member of one of the Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓® Application Program, you will probably see a decline in how often you receive expedited screening, even if you’ve previously “opted-in” through a frequent flyer program.

The best way to increase your chances of receiving TSA Pre✓® on a regular basis is to register for a Trusted Traveler Program with the Department of Homeland Security at Once you receive your Known Traveler Number (KTN) from TSA, be sure you update your AAdvantage profile.

To add your KTN to your AAdvantage profile:
Login to your account on and select My Account from the AAdvantage menu
Within My Account, go to the Information and Password tab
Add your Customs and Border Protection 9-digit PASS ID to your secure traveler information
For more information on TSA Pre✓®, visit”

If you haven’t already, sign up for one of the known traveler programs. Personally, I went for Global Entry. While I don’t travel outside the country by plane as much as I used to, Global Entry is still wonderful have when returning home. Being able to participate in TSA PreCheck? Priceless. Better yet, American Express reimbursed my $100 registration fee as well as MrsMJ’s thanks to our American Express Platinum Cards.

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