With the program, which costs $85 for five years, low-risk travelers experience a quick screening process. In January 2022, 97 percent of TSA PreCheck members passed security in less than five minutes, according to agency statistics. TSA PreCheck is currently available at more than 200 airports in the United States, and is now available in Nassau.
Historically, the majority of the 5.5 million tourists who visit the Bahamas each year come from the United States, according to the US State Department. The addition of pre-screening at an international location is the first in TSA PreCheck’s nine-year history, but more international pre-screening locations could be in the pipeline.
“This has been an excellent partnership throughout the trial period at Lynden Pindling International Airport, and serves as a model for expanding the scope of TSA PreCheck,” TSA Administrator David Pekosky said in a press release. “The permanent opening of this TSA PreCheck corridor to travelers who join the risk-based program is a credit to the Bahamian Government and the commitment of officers who maintain the highest standards of transportation security.”
Nassau is already among 16 US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) international pre-clearance sites in six countries where CBP officers screen travelers before boarding US-bound flights. This means that once travelers arrive in the US, they don’t have to go through customs before heading to their destination or onward flight.
Other countries with pre-clearance are:
- Dublin and Shannon in Ireland
- Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg in Canada.
Ten airlines with flights within the United States have regular routes between Nassau and the following American cities: Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Washington, Denver, Dallas, Detroit, Newark, Topeka, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Islip, New York, Orlando, Miami, Minneapolis, Chicago, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Providence, Sanford, San Juan, and Tampa.
Currently, more than 10 million people have a TSA PreCheck, according to the agency. Those with TSA PreCheck experience a smoother screening process as they are not required to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 fluids, laptops, or light jackets.
Travelers who are members of TSA PreCheck and other DHS Trusted Traveler programs are eligible for the TSA PreCheck screening. Those interested in the program can submit an online application (which takes about five minutes) and then make an in-person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprints at an enrollment center. The TSA has more than 380 registration centers and in-person appointments usually take about 10 minutes.
To find the program that best fits your travel needs, you can use the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Comparison Tool. For example, frequent international travelers may want to consider the Global Entry program, which costs $100 for five years and includes TSA PreCheck.