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TSA Pre-check walk-in - no appointment

duhmel 678 965 February 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM in Travel (3)
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Last Edited by duhmel February 23, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Most of you probable know about the TSA Pre-Check program wher for a fee of $85, you get to ge through the Pre-Check line (no taking off shoes or taking off jacket, etc) at the airport for 5 years.

http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/a...on-program

Enrollment in this program requires you to do a face-to-face interview at centers across the country. When I tried to schedule an interview in the Los Angeles area I always found that I had to wait for over a month for a scheduled appointment. Finally I just bit the bullet and went to a center to do the interview on a stand-by basis. I went in at 9:00 in the morning to Signasl Hill and surprise, had to wait less than 5 minutes. The interviewer told me that 15 minutes was the norm for walk-ins early in the morning - much better than waiting nearly a month for a scheduled appointment.

You should do the online application which substantially shortens the 'interview'. It took less than 10 minutes at the site. The website lists the info that you need - for most people it is a passport and driver's license.

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For some reason I have this. I've never paid any kind of fee, or signed up as far as I can remember. I'm not a particularly frequent traveler either. But, I flew on American Airlines a couple of months ago and the pre-check symbol printed on my boarding passes. At the airport they directed me to a different line, but I chose to stay with the rest of my family. I have no idea how this happened ?
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For some reason I have this. I've never paid any kind of fee, or signed up as far as I can remember. I'm not a particularly frequent traveler either. But, I flew on American Airlines a couple of months ago and the pre-check symbol printed on my boarding passes. At the airport they directed me to a different line, but I chose to stay with the rest of my family. I have no idea how this happened ?

You don' t have what this thread describes...

At some airports everyone has a chance of getting pre-check on their boarding pass.

See here:

http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/l...a-precheck

Basically enrolling in the program described means you're virtually assured of getting it every time you fly at nearly any US airport.


If you're a regular frequent flyer and your airline you have that status with has invited you, than you have a modest chance each time you fly.


If you're none of the above then you have a small, but non-zero, chance of getting it when your boarding pass prints out.... but as the page notes-

Quote from TSA :
Passengers who are deemed eligible for TSA Pre?(TM) via one of these two TSA initiatives will receive TSA Pre?(TM) screening on a flight-by-flight basis and should not expect it each time they fly.

So basically paying for the program is useful if you fly often enough that virtually insuring the faster security experience every time is worth the cost....

(Global Traveler, another such program that costs money, is even better in that you get to skip the customs lines when re-entering the US from international travel and just use a special kiosk- which can save you a LOT of time)
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Like I said, I don't travel frequently, so paying for this would be useless for me. It was interesting to me that I traveled with my (frequent flyer) husband and I hadn't flown in years and got the pre-check.
We're planning another trip this summer,it will be interesting to see if it happens again. According to that chart I should be on the "slim to none" side.
I can certainly see how it would be a nice benefit to frequent travelers.
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For some reason I have this. I've never paid any kind of fee, or signed up as far as I can remember. I'm not a particularly frequent traveler either. But, I flew on American Airlines a couple of months ago and the pre-check symbol printed on my boarding passes. At the airport they directed me to a different line, but I chose to stay with the rest of my family. I have no idea how this happened ?
Are you enrolled in Nexus or any of the other programs listed below? We looked into Nexus as we live about 1.5 hours from the Canadian border but decided we didn't want to spend the money as we don't go often enough to make it worth our while. So far we've been pretty lucky, haven't had a long wait while crossing the border.

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Q. If I have already been approved for Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or if I already have a KTN, do I need to apply for the TSA Pre?(TM) application program?
A. Individuals who already have a KTN, including U.S. citizens who are members of Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI and Canadian citizen members of NEXUS, need not enroll in the TSA Pre?(TM) application program.
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Like I said, I don't travel frequently, so paying for this would be useless for me. It was interesting to me that I traveled with my (frequent flyer) husband and I hadn't flown in years and got the pre-check.
We're planning another trip this summer,it will be interesting to see if it happens again. According to that chart I should be on the "slim to none" side.
I can certainly see how it would be a nice benefit to frequent travelers.
Pre-check assignment can be done by the TSA pscreening agent based upon his visual threat assessment. In addition, even if you have the Pre-Check approval you are not guaranteed to be selected for thePre-Check line, you are just more likely.
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No, I don't have Nexus or anything like that. I printed my boarding passes at home, at the same time as my husband's and two teenage sons'. Mine were the only ones that printed with the pre-check symbol. This was obviously before any TSA agent had laid eyes on me to determine my threat level. I didn't even know what it was for. Didn't find out until I got to the TSA person and he explained it to me . He directed me to the pre-check area, but I chose to stay with my family.
It's a bit of a mystery to me and at the very least I'm curious what kind of information the TSA has on file for me.
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If you are military and put your ID Card # in, when you make your reservation, you will get a pre-check symbol on your boarding pass. Do not fake it, because the system actually checks that number. If you put in an incorrect number, that is not in the DEERS System, you will be flagging yourself for increased interest, not less.
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No, I don't have Nexus or anything like that. I printed my boarding passes at home, at the same time as my husband's and two teenage sons'. Mine were the only ones that printed with the pre-check symbol. This was obviously before any TSA agent had laid eyes on me to determine my threat level. I didn't even know what it was for. Didn't find out until I got to the TSA person and he explained it to me . He directed me to the pre-check area, but I chose to stay with my family.
It's a bit of a mystery to me and at the very least I'm curious what kind of information the TSA has on file for me.
Are you an over fifty white person? My mom gets pre-check every single time she flies. I was at EWR yesterday and the only people who had pre-check were old white folks. Also, it should be noted that pre-check is completely worthless at some airports such as EWR as there is no dedicated pre-check line and the TSA agents haven't a clue what's going on. At MDW, the pre-check line is often longer than the regular lines.
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I fly 4-6 times a year and am debating doing this. To me having a shorter security line, not taking my shoes off and not removing the liquids from my bag is 100% worth the fee. At 4 round trip flights a year over 5 years is 40 times I go through security so it is a little over $2 a flight. However my bigger issue is the fact that my fingerprints will be put into the FBI database for 75 years. Now I know this may sound paranoid, however I am not only proactively giving my fingerprints to the FBI, but I am also indirectly paying them to have the pleasure of doing so.
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I fly 4-6 times a year and am debating doing this. To me having a shorter security line, not taking my shoes off and not removing the liquids from my bag is 100% worth the fee. At 4 round trip flights a year over 5 years is 40 times I go through security so it is a little over $2 a flight. However my bigger issue is the fact that my fingerprints will be put into the FBI database for 75 years. Now I know this may sound paranoid, however I am not only proactively giving my fingerprints to the FBI, but I am also indirectly paying them to have the pleasure of doing so.
I absolutely do not think you're being paranoid. Keep in mind that some airports do not have separate precheck lines and other airports (I'm looking at YOU, MDW!) will often funnel regular folks directly into the precheck line when the lines are long. If you've traveled through MDW lately, you'll know the lines are almost always long. As more and more people purchase precheck and qualify for precheck, you will likely find no time savings at all. One of the biggest problems with precheck is that the people who get their boarding passes stamped with precheck haven't a clue what it is and proceed to completely slow down the line with their very infrequent traveler shenanigans. It's pretty frustrating.
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I absolutely do not think you're being paranoid. Keep in mind that some airports do not have separate precheck lines and other airports (I'm looking at YOU, MDW!) will often funnel regular folks directly into the precheck line when the lines are long. If you've traveled through MDW lately, you'll know the lines are almost always long. As more and more people purchase precheck and qualify for precheck, you will likely find no time savings at all. One of the biggest problems with precheck is that the people who get their boarding passes stamped with precheck haven't a clue what it is and proceed to completely slow down the line with their very infrequent traveler shenanigans. It's pretty frustrating.
I flew through MDW about 3 weeks ago and they put my wife and I through the precheck line. I was like "WTH" but went with it and got through security super fast. laugh out loud
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Global Entry is only $100 and you get access to pre check
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Global Entry is only $100 and you get access to pre check
Not bad.
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Nope, not over 50, I am white though, for whatever that's worth, since my husband and kids are too. Oh and many of the people traveling to the same event were too, all different ages, no one else had the pre-check.
This was at Nashville International, there was no one in the pre-check line. The regular lines moved fast, but the pre-check would have been faster. It wasn't an advantage to me since I needed to stay with the rest of my party anyway.
Military (in uniform) automatically get to go through pre-check at BNA.
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