TSA PreCheck mark NG non-citizens

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  1. trobb49

    trobb49 Silver Member

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    My wife (Japanese) and I checked in online and both of our passes showed "TSA PreCheck". We got to EWR, found checkpoint C3 and were then informed that my wife couldn't use the PreCheck line even though that's what her boarding pass said. :-(

    I suppose, though, that they have no way of explicitly knowing that she doesn't qualify since she could have had two passports, a green card or some other qualifying document which wouldn't be in the her UA profile.

    Are there any non-citizen readers who have gotten through?
     
  2. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    Who informed you of that? More to the point, did you scan the BP, get the 3 beeps and still get denied? If so that's an agent who needs retraining. Many foreign nationals are now eligible.
     
  3. genemk2

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    I get PreCheck frequently and am not a US Citizen or a Green Card holder.
     
  4. hulagrrl210
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    My husband is not a citizen and he got precheck when I booked an award ticket for him (based on my status with UA). Nobody said anything and we kept our mouths shut.
     
  5. mattsteg
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    Were you using passports as your ID? Otherwise how would they even know citizenship.

    And just to be clear, she got 3 beeps on the scanner, correct? And you were explicitly told that the reason was her citizenship, correct?
     
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    The big question is wether you got the three beeps or not. It can indicate pre-check on your boarding pass but if you don't get three beeps you don't qualify.
     
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    To be clear is that "you don't qualify" for that trip, since it can be denied randomly...
     
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    Agreed on all points and especially the retraining part if all of the former worked
     
  9. trobb49

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    I really can't remember if there were three beeps or not since it was our first experience with PreCheck. Actually, I think the agent took one look at her red Japanese passport and then didn't even scan it!
     
  10. Desidivo

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    I was in line at SFO PreCheck on Friday and same thing happened to a man in front of me. He had a non-us passport and the agent said he was not eligible. He told the agent he has done it a dozen time but the agent said it is only for US citizens.

    I wonder if they have changed the rule and the agents are now enforcing it.
     
  11. HubletUAFlyer

    HubletUAFlyer Gold Member

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    I had the exact same situation occur at ORD. I'm a green card holder, Australian citizen (Aussie passport)
    Came through GS lounge and dropped into the pre-check lane....was directed away by TSA to the standard premier lane for that exact reason.

    Not a huge deal for me but I guess the hassle free pre-check lane would be better

    sent from some type of mobile device typed with two thumbs
     
  12. goalie
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    goalie Gold Member

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    So since when does a TSO determine that Pre-Check is only for U.S. citizens? Afaik, as long as the pax get the magic pass to the Pre-Check lane, they're good to go regardless as to whether the i/d presented is a passport (U.S. or other country), driver's license, GE card, or even a Costco card.
     
  13. genemk2

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    Is the solution to this problem to use a DL instead of passport? You can't tell from a DL whether you are a US citizen or not.
     
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  14. Desidivo

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    So that problem with that is that if it is for US citizens (It would be great if someone would confirm) and non-citizens are using it, they may shut it down or not allow DL. Personally, if a person is prechecked, it should not matter.
     
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  15. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Recent example: GC holder and US Citizen on award PNR. GC holder gets pre-check on BP, US citizen doesn't. Same US citizen has gotten pre-check consistently over the last few months. GC holder used DL at TSA checkpoint. Three beeps, no issues.
     

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