WestJet goes mobile with TSA PreCheck program

WestJet (TSX: WJA) said that eligible guests departing from US airports will now be able to receive the TSA PreCheck designation using web, mobile and kiosk check-in.

Until now, only eligible guests who received their boarding passes at WestJet counters could take advantage of the program, which offers a less-intrusive search when departing from US airports.

To be eligible, guests must be registered with TSA PreCheck (tsa.gov), one of four US Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveller programs. When using one of the program´s dedicated security lanes, TSA PreCheck members can leave their shoes, belt, or light jacket on while passing through the scanner. Laptops and liquids can remain in carry-on baggage.

Travelers eligible for TSA PreCheck include: Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS and US citizens and US permanent residents who are members of NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry, or TSA PreCheck.

WestJet will also be able to issue electronic boarding passes for eligible guests departing from any Canadian airport, with the exception of Calgary, to any US or international destination served by WestJet. Guests flying from Calgary to US or international destinations will receive electronic boarding passes when the airport´s new international terminal opens October 31, 2016.

Guests flying from any US destination served by WestJet, as well as select international destinations served by WestJet, will also be able to receive electronic boarding passes.

WestJet offers scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.