These Airports Let You Skip Security Lines for Free—No TSA PreCheck Needed

Select U.S. airports now give travelers the option to make a complimentary advance “fast pass” reservation to head to the front of the security line.

Numerous travelers heading through multiple TSA security checkpoints at the Denver International Airport

Why wait in a long TSA security line if you don’t have to?

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This summer is expected to be the busiest for air travel on record. With more travelers come long lines and crowds at the airport, so you may be considering trusted traveler programs and security expediting services such as TSA PreCheck (which costs $78 for a five-year membership and $70 to renew) and Clear (which costs $189 per year).

While we believe wholeheartedly in the investment and value of these services (the time and stress saved alone are priceless), there is another option at some U.S. airports that is absolutely free.

Enter Reserve powered by Clear, which has teamed up with several airports to allow travelers to secure a TSA security line time slot in advance and jump to the front of the line during their designated slot. Despite the fact that Clear charges for its security expediting services, the Reserve powered by Clear fast pass system is free.

Reserve powered by Clear launched in 2021 after Clear acquired virtual queuing company Whyline. As of August 2023, Clear received more than 5 million reservations at airports across the globe. Users report that the Reserve lanes save them up to 30 minutes in security line waiting time.

Reserve powered by Clear is currently available at the following U.S. airports:

  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Reserve powered by Clear is also offered at these airports in Canada:

  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

As well as these airports in Europe:

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • London Luton Airport (LTN)
  • Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO)

We recently detailed how it works at airports in Europe.

So, how does it work in the United States? Here’s how to skip the TSA line for free at participating U.S. airports.

Denver International Airport

You can sign up for the DEN Reserve program up to three days prior to your fight or upon arrival at the airport at During your appointment window, you should proceed to the airport’s Bridge Security checkpoint (located directly between the main Jeppesen Terminal and the A gates), and look for the DEN Reserve sign. There, you will show airport staff your appointment confirmation and head to security.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

IAH is the most recent U.S. hub to adopt the Reserve power by Clear program. Reserve allows travelers in IAH’s Terminal C, North Checkpoint to reserve a spot in the TSA security screening line. Reservations can be made beginning three days in advance and ending three hours prior to their departure. The service is currently only available to fliers using United Airlines in Terminal C. Travelers can reserve their spot in line at

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK also adopted a TSA security line advance reservation system. The program, called JFK T4 Reserve powered by Clear, lets travelers make an online reservation up to 72 hours before their flight between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when the security checkpoint is busiest, according to Clear. Once they arrive at the airport, travelers should look for signs that read “Reserve powered by Clear lane” in the TSA screening area. There, they will scan the QR code they received in the reservation confirmation email and can enter the expedited lane through TSA security.

Los Angeles International Airport

If you’re flying out of Terminal 7 or 8 at LAX, you’re in luck. These terminals are hosting a free LAX Fast Lane pilot program. Travelers can make advance reservations or walk-in appointments for TSA security screening daily from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. (It’s currently not available after 1 p.m.) There are a limited number of appointments, which passengers can make up to three days in advance at

Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport

Reserve is available for all MSP passengers departing out of Terminal 2, and travelers can book their time slots up to seven days ahead of their scheduled departure. Appointments are available between two windows of time: the first begins at 3:45 am and ends at 8:00 am, and the second begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. No walk-ins are permitted at this airport. Reservations can be made online at

Newark Liberty International Airport

Available at Terminal A (all gates) and Terminal B (only at Gates 40–47) at Newark Liberty International Airport, fliers can make online reservations for the TSA security screening line up to 72 hours prior to departure. Reservations and walk-in appointments are available daily from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. and spots are limited so the earlier travelers book, the better. Once at the airport, those with an appointment look for the VirtuaLine queue logo and will be escorted to the front of the line. Reservations can be made at

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport was one of the first U.S. airports to implement the advance reservation system in 2021. The airport’s Reserve powered by Clear program allows travelers to book a TSA security check time slot by visiting at no cost to travelers. A limited number of reservation slots are available daily from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Travelers flying out of Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can reserve a time that they want to head through the TSA screening area through a program called PHX Reserve. Reservations are available in Terminal 3 from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. and in Terminal 4 from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations can be made up to three days before travel at

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

The SEA Spot Saver program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport allows travelers to skip the TSA security line from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. at checkpoint 5 and 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. at checkpoint 2. Travelers can make a reservation online up to 72 hours before their flight or can try for one at the airport for TSA checkpoints 2 and 5.

And of course, if your regular departure airport doesn’t have a TSA security line reservation program, there is always the option to enroll in TSA PreCheck, Global Entry (which includes TSA PreCheck), and/or Clear.

This story was originally published in 2022, and was most recently updated on June 7, 2024, to include current information.

Michelle Baran is a deputy editor at Afar where she oversees breaking news, travel intel, airline, cruise, and consumer travel news. Baran joined Afar in August 2018 after an 11-year run as a senior editor and reporter at leading travel industry newspaper Travel Weekly.
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