LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — JetBlue and Southwest Airlines have teamed up with the Transportation Security Administration to offer incentives to their best customers to sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck program.
“You’ll be able to cash in 9,000 of your Rapid Rewards points,” said Joe Mirander of Southwest Airlines. “Depending on where you actually use those points towards a voucher for TSA PreCheck.”
JetBlue will foot the bill for its TrueBlue Mosaic members to register with TSA PreCheck to expedite security wait times.
That allows travelers to avoid removing their shoes, their 3-1-1 Compliant Bags from their carry-ons, their laptops from their bags, jackets or belts.
Anger and frustration boiled over in the spring at the country’s biggest airports. Two-to-three-hour wait times going through security frequently left travelers who missed their planes stranded.
For many, the lines were longer than their flights, prompting the hash-tag “#Ihatethewait” on social media to pressure the TSA and airlines to do something.
In the fall, American Airlines is expected to roll out new screening technology, including automated security screening lanes at LAX and CT scanners.