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TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

LaniJ
Explorer C

What if anything is SWA doing to support TSA’s recent change:  Children between the ages of 13 and 17 who will be traveling on the same reservation as an enrolled parent or guardian may also access the TSA PreCheck® lanes, provided the children have the TSA PreCheck® indicator on their boarding pass. 

 

My soon to be 13 yo son is my Companion Pass holder & 8 am trying to figure out how to get Precheck indicator on his boarding pass when he is traveling with me.  

Thanks in advance for your help!  

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Re: TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

05bardic
Adventurer C

This should happen automatically since the change isn’t recent, it went into effect May 2023. Just make sure you are on the same reservation and you enter the adult passenger’s pre-check number when booking. 

 

I will add there is always the possibility for exceptions:

 

TSA’s website notes “Children 13 to 17 may be randomly excluded from receiving TSA PreCheck on their boarding pass. In these cases, they must go through standard security screening.” 

Re: TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

LaniJ
Explorer C

Since I am booking him as a companion, where do I enter my number?  

Re: TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

05bardic
Adventurer C

Under your passenger info, the same as you would if you were flying without a companion. 

Re: TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

verriterri
Explorer C

Hi there! Did you figure this out? We are about to fly this Thursday and use our pre-check for my husband and I for the first time. My son who is 14 will also be flying with us. Wondering if they will just put the TSA Pre number on his boarding pass. We were all on the same reservation. Thanks in advance!

Re: TSA Pre for 13-17 year olds

LaniJ
Explorer C

Sadly SWA systems do not place the TSA on the 13-17yo boarding pass even though we were both booked together.  

This appears to be a SWA system problem as it did work fine on our recent American Airlines flight.  
However on a positive note, TSA pre did not ask his age & let him through with me.  

I’m incredibly frustrated with SW as I get a different answer with every employee I ask. . . Most of which contradict TSA written policy.  

So sorry I don’t have more positive news.  😢