TSA Pre-Check was recently rolled out at my airport, and several other airports that I frequent. While American initially offered me membership a few years ago, I (stupidly) did not sign up. After learning some of the many ways you can get Pre-check without an invitation, I decided to apply for Global Entry. I’m in that process now, and will let you know how it goes once it’s complete.
This means that while I know that soon I will be eligible for Pre-check, for now I just look at that empty line longingly while I pull out my laptop and take off my shoes for the regular line. Normally. But last week something was a little different. After I showed my license and boarding pass to the TSO I got in line for the X-ray and body scanner, and started unzipping my purse to grab my laptop. I heard the TSO a few lines over say something about, “Don’t take off your shoes or take anything out of your bag,” but when I looked up to check it out, it seemed like she was talking to the kid in front of her. So I continue to pull out my laptop, and start searching for a bin. However, there were no bins. That’s when I realized no one in front of me had any bins on the table, and the line was moving oh so quickly. At this point, I actually looked at the sign in front of the machine. It was the Pre-check sign, and they were in front of all of lines.
Basically, what my airport did for one day last week was have TSA Pre-check for everyone. Man, it was awesome. The lines moved fast, and I didn’t have to worry about someone, I don’t know, taking for-freaking-ever to put coins and papers back in their pocket after the X-ray machine.
Now I am even more excited to get approved for Global Entry, and therefore TSA Pre-check. Readers, anyone seen this before?
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