WestJet guests to enjoy speedier security checks

Airline and U.S. Transportation Security Administration to offer TSA Precheck

CALGARY, Oct. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it has sped up security processing for its guests by offering TSA Precheck to eligible travellers. This innovative program offers trusted guests a less-intrusive search when departing from U.S. airports.

"We are pleased to offer TSA Precheck and make transborder travel easier for our guests," said Ed Baklor, WestJet Senior Vice-President, Guest Experience. "Part of a larger suite of amenities aimed at the business market, the introduction of this smart security experience will be appreciated by time-conscious business travellers and guests who are constantly on the go."

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.

Travellers eligible for TSA Precheck include:

  • Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS
  • U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are members of NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry, or TSA PreCheck

Initially, eligible WestJet guests should collect a boarding pass from a WestJet guest assistance counter; however, self-serve enhancements will be available in 2016.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in the Canada's Choice ranking (RewardsCanada.ca)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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