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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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Today we announced that a total of 100 airports will have TSA Pre✓® screening available by the end of the year. Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready. To read the list of airports and more exciting news about TSA Pre✓®, click here.

If you have not experienced TSA Pre✓®, it is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 15 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓® since it launched in October 2011. Go here for more information about opting into TSA Pre✓®.

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Submitted by Dan G on

As a Pre-check member, it would be of more value to your members and eligible travelers if you would PLEASE list the airports in the the following format:

Burbank (BUR) Bob Hope Airport

Guam (GUM) Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport

Most passengers are not familiar with the airport's official name, only in what city it's located.  Sure, for multi-city airports (Chicago, New York, Houston, Dallas, etc.) the name is necessary to include, but please list the city FIRST.

Nobody says "I'm going to Bob Hope this morning".

Submitted by Anonymous on

So why should I have to pay $85 not to be treated like a criminal - especially the way I was at PHL in May?

(Anonymous because I don't want to end-up on an "extra scrutiny" list again.)

Submitted by Anonymous on

"To date, more than 15 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011."

Numbers are funny things. Your claim looks a lot less grand when you add that roughly 700 * 1.8 million = 1,260,000,000 passengers have transited TSA checkpoints during that time.

In other words, 99% of passengers have not experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hand over our hard earned money to the TSA so they can do a background check and still deny passengers their rights to privacy, property, and dignity on the whim of a random screener.

All to fly domestically.

And not be one iota safer.

At the cost of $8 billion per year.

Think about it.

Submitted by Melissa Newman on

That's a great news, you expansion will be greatly appreciated by the members, and the inclusion of more airlines too. Looking forward to it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

There is a lot of potential in TSA-Pre. The program should be expanded and the fees increased to cover costs. An initial fee and monthly or per-trip billing should be included. Otherwise non-traveling taxpayers are footing the costs for the travelers. TSA's costs should be fully funded by the travelers.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why is this not the default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just a perk reserved for the wealthy elite?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Yeah - If you pay us money - safety isn't that much of a problem. We'll just continue to hassle the folks that don't pay us!

Submitted by Anonymous on

The Pre Check screening should be the standard screening method for all passengers, unless there is suspicion that the passenger is up to no good. You can continue to do the random selection for additional screening that is currently being done.

You talk about risk based screening, but 99.9999...+% of passengers are not risks.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please provide a cost-benefit analysis to support PreCheck vs. a return to pre-9/11 screening plus locked cockpit doors.

Submitted by Anonymous on

It would be great if you would clarify the Pre eligibility rules. At the moment my understanding is that Global Entry members who are US nationals or Canadians are eligible. Dutch and German Global Entry members, however, are not. What is the rationale behind this?

Submitted by Anonymous on

PreCheck's purpose is placating vocal TSA critics. That is all.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Great, so a few more people can pay for the "privilege" of being "granted" the possibility of being treated a little more like they have the rights EVERYONE should have in the first place at no cost.

Does the TSA think the flying public should be grateful for the agency piecemealing back a few of our Constitutional rights for a price?

"Thank you, Screener Smith for only searching (and possibly stealing and breaking) my property because you didn't force me to take off my shoes and didn't assault me THIS TIME?"

The $85 is just an overpriced processing fee. Does it really take over 6 manhours ($15/hr data clerk) to Google someone? And because your vaunted "trusted traveller" who may have OK credit and no convictions you could find doesn't live near one of your 100 airports or the local screener is having a bad day doesn't get this "privilege."

Another waste of money and time for flyers. Another way to pathetically attempt to justify invading the privacy of Americans and put more data in your bloated DHS databases.



Submitted by Anonymous on

Why all the references to "wealthy" "rich" and "elite"? It's only $85!!!!!

I'm betting most complainers spend more than $85 a month on cell phones, fast food, and other frivolous things.

Submitted by @SkyWayManAz on

With 60 more airports (100 total soon if I counted correctly) if a traveler has TSA Pre Check the liquid rules need to go away. As silly as the rules are (the total lack of secure disposal seems to confirm that) it made a kind of sense to keep them when so few routes had Pre Check on either end. The Global Entry ID means the traveler has been vetted though. Maybe at non Pre Check locations the otherwise trusted traveler still has to take his shoes off and take out his baggie but if he's vetted there shouldn't be a freak out over him having more than 300 ml of liquids. You can still randomly test the liquids from this pool of trusted travelers. The official line is testing everyone isn't practical. Well not everyone is in this trusted traveler program so liquid rule should go away if you have it with advisory you may get a random test. I can't be the only one who makes faces hoping I can get enough toothpaste out of the travel size to brush my teeth.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I live abroad and have two foreign nationalities. When flying into (and therefore, over) the US, I get checked by what are essentially Pre standards: shoes and sweater on, liquids in my bag, etc.

However, when I connect within the US or leave the country, I can't use Pre because, as a foreign national, I don't qualify.

Please explain my I am considered "low risk" flying into the country but not flying out of it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Make TSA Pre mandatory, get the fees in line with the costs of TSA and collect the fees up-front with the purchase of the airline ticket. This solution gets the TSA creates a revenue stream and out of the taxpayer's pocket.

Submitted by Sandra on

So Business Week has an article that states:

"U.S. travelers will be chosen on a case-by-case basis to use expedited-screening lines at airports without having to provide more personal information than they now give airlines, the Transportation Security Administration said."

Does this mean that the TSA has dropped its plan to extort $85 from passengers in order to be granted what all passengers should have: an assault-free trip through a checkpoint.

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Submitted by Wesley Bell on

My wife and I aren't avid flyers, but I am tired of having to take my shoes off and back on, and other issues I have that aren't major but still an issue. So, I am almost willing to pay the $85p.p. to get on Pre-Check. I am glad they are going to do it in OKC!!! Do you have an actual date of when it will start?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I'm a Pacific Islander looking for information. Can anyone help me with the information on how to travel with firearm trough LA & Miami international Airport?

Submitted by Kahl on

How can I travel trough LA and Miamai Intl Airport with my firearm?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Does this mean that the TSA has dropped its plan to extort $85 from passengers in order to be granted what all passengers should have: an assault-free trip through a checkpoint."

Probably not. It sounds like this new scheme is even more of a crap shoot than the extortion scheme.

However, overall it does appear that the TSA is admitting, in a very backhanded way in order to save face, that its screening procedures are virtually worthless. And that's a good thing.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

Everyone should be screened by Pre standards, not just those invited or who pay.

Submitted by Samhein on

So in otherwords, as long as I pay an $85 bribe, I will not be treated like a criminal and I'm all of a sudden safe. If I don't pay, I'm still a threat. And this is while how many "trusted" TSA people are still being arrested for crimes??????

Disgusting! Isn't extortion illegal?

Submitted by Wintermute on

samhein said...
So in otherwords, as long as I pay an $85 bribe, I will not be treated like a criminal and I'm all of a sudden safe. If I don't pay, I'm still a threat. And this is while how many "trusted" TSA people are still being arrested for crimes??????

Disgusting! Isn't extortion illegal?

Actually, the $85 only give you a chance that you'll keep your rights. Because of "randomness," you may still have to give up your rights, even though you've paid the extortion fee.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I can see that you know nothing of what you are talking. TSA officers only make sure people retain their right to travel safely. You should thank Officer Smith. There is a lot of people on TSA and DHS performing their duty every Day with dignity and respect. As I said before you talk of what you do not know and judge TSA officers based on your own bad attitudes.

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...

"TSA officers only make sure people retain their right to travel safely."

Actually, they're not. They are there to make it appear that the government is "doing something" about the supposed terrorist threat (which, BTW, even the TSA admits does not exist)... This is known as "security theater" and, many experts argue, actually make us all less safe rather than more. Are you arguing that the experts are wrong?

Submitted by Anonymous on

If one is a government employee who maintains a government security clearance, why can't that be used as a qualification for "TSA Pre"?