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Shorten Your Wait This Summer with TSA Pre✓®

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Do you have TSA Pre✓®? The expedited screening program is one way that you can shorten your wait at the security checkpoint this summer.

But TSA Pre✓® only works if you do! Make sure that you’re getting the benefits. Check it out:

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This shows a step-by-step guide on how to shorten your wait using TSA Pre✓®. Watch, and then share it on your social media networks with your fellow travelers.

Don’t have TSA Pre✓® ? Apply today! For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. 16 carriers participate in TSA Pre✓®.

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Comments

Submitted by Bené Durant on

I've tried TWICE at the 1701 K Street NW location in Washington, DC but the TSA people DID NOT SHOW UP!

Bené Durant

Submitted by Debz on

TSA PreCheck is great except in airports that have "fake" PreCheck lines. These are lines that look like PreCheck, but do not have a dedicated scanner so you have to still remove your laptop and liquids/gels. An example would be the A and B gates at LAS. Come on, get a dedicated line!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why isn't "precheck" the default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just the wealthy, elite, and lucky?

Wouldn't the lines be shorter if you didn't waste everyone's time with a scientifically indefensible liquid ban, a pointless shoe carnival, and your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Even if you have TSA PreCheck, you won't be able to use the shorter line if you're flying an airline that doesn't participate in the program, such as Spirit

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Wow, you say that it isn't a "myth" that the TSA is doing a work slow down to push precheck. Well, of course. The slow down is to get more money out of Congress.

But here you are, pushing precheck as a way to save time traveling while the work slow down is in effect.

Well, there are several problems with the TSA's latest blitz on news websites and this blog.

1. Not enough precheck interview centers
2. Precheck interview centers are closed or moved
3. Precheck isn't available at many airports
4. Precheck lanes are arbitrarily closed at places it is allegedly available
5. Travelers who are "government approved" are not guaranteed precheck
6. Travelers experience the work slow down even in the precheck lane
7. Even when in the precheck lane, the traveler can be pushed into the regular lane

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

West, why haven't you responded to my requests on other comment sections for links to TSA communications (press releases, website posts, etc.) regarding recent TSA issues? You said you wouldn't comment on anything, but would provide links.

Well, Neffenger was hauled before Congress to explain the TSA work slow down. Kelly Hoggan was reassigned, after Neffenger said it was no problem for Hoggan to get $90,000 of bonuses in one year on top of his regular pay. The over-two-hour waits at Chicago's O'Hare miraculously disappeared when Neffenger showed up, then went back to awful again. And so on and so on and so on.

Where are the links you said you would provide?

Plus, over the past several blog posts, there have been questions from the American flying public that have not been answered.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Hey Bob, even though Neffenger "fixed" O'Hare, @AskTSA isn't confident in the fix. As of yesterday, @AskTSA is still telling passengers flying out of ORD to arrive two hours before flight to get through screening.

Or did you guys forget to update the contractor's scripts?

Submitted by Ronald G on

Is there an annual or renewal fee for TSA Pre check?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Last time I flew, the lines were so long that the screeners shut down the scanners and told people to leave their shoes on and walk through the metal detectors. Lines went away. Why don't you just do this on a permanent basis?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Just out of curiosity, if someone applied for precheck today, what's the earliest they might actually get the "benefits" of precheck?

Submitted by Anonymous on

This doesn't work if you're turned away from a Pre-check office (White Plains, NY) where walk-ins really aren't welcome, contrary to what your website says. Just drove an hour there and back. No appointments available until mid-July.

Submitted by Anonymous on

A million people can sign up tomorrow. The bottleneck is finishing the process. A website can easily surpport 16,000 applications a day.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Just out of curiosity, if someone applied for precheck today, what's the earliest they might actually get the "benefits" of precheck?

May 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM
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If you applied today that would mean completing an application. Then you have to schedule an interview, then you have to wait for approval.

Best guess, from application to Trusted Travelers Number, 4 to 6 weeks. Longer if you can't schedule an appointment for the interview fairly soon.

Submitted by Anonymous on

3 weeks from application date, I was told by the screener who took my fingerprints and application.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Exactly why does TSA have enough people to operate all manner of social media sites but not enough people to screen travelers?

Is TSA using the people the public pays for correctly?

Submitted by Anonymous on

That's right! Pay $75 bucks and have yourself fingerprinted so you can help an incompetent agency NOT do its pointless job in the first place!

Thanks for the suggestion, Bobby and West! I'm also going to give $75 tips to garbage collectors who spill trash on the streets, DMV clerks who lose everybody's paperwork, commercial truck drivers who keep having accidents, and doctors who leave surgical instruments in patients. It's the same idea: pay bribes to people who are too incompetent and/or lazy to do their jobs, and hope that they'll stop screwing up at the job they're already paid to do.

Of course, that's assuming that they can stop screwing up. A doctor who lost 90% or more of his patients would likely wind up on the street, or in jail. The TSA, on the other hand...

It's funny. Even in this economy, the TSA can't scrape the bottom of the barrel hard enough to find hire a sufficient number over-empowered actors to engage in the most farcical form of security theater in the United States. And your solution to it is to ask people for MORE money to not watch their phoned-in performances? All in response to your agency's mismanagement and inability to plan for the "unexpected" traveler volume that happens EVERY SUMMER?

At least some people are starting to realize how the TSA's incompetence stretches all the way up to the top levels. How's your buddy Kelly doing these days? Not so good? What a shame.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

@ Ronald G - the $85 fee has to be renewed every five years. For an additional $15, you could have Global Entry, which has actual value, if you travel internationally.

Either way, you will be FBI fingerprinted, and will have a background check done.

Not too long ago, TSA was looking into continuous monitoring of precheck member's social media.

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

LA Times newspaper has a story about the airport delays and TSA precheck. I recommend it INCLUDING reading the comments for readers. URL not given here but the title is

Why hasn't TSA PreCheck reduced airport wait times?

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

You have a point, Anonymous of May 27 at 11:03am).

16,000 people can start the process, but how many actually complete it and are government approved for travel?

West, what is the actual number for the past couple of weeks of newly government approved travelers through only the precheck program? When did they submit their applications? before the recent media blitz?

I'd love to see the stats of applications and approvals, both total numbers and length of time for processing. What links will you provide, West?

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Thanks for the info on the LA Times article, Cliff.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Precheck Centers at Major US Airports:

From https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator

Los Angeles LAX Terminal 1 TSA Precheck Center Hours

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Note: Effective Friday, June 10, 2016, the hours of operation will be changing to:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(Sad to see LAX losing weekend hours.)

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Chicago O'Hare ORD - No Precheck center

Chicago Midway MDW -
Hours:
Monday - Tuesday: 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM & 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Wednesday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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New York La Guardia LGA Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Note: TICKETED PASSENGERS OR THOSE WITH AN APPOINTMENT ONLY.

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New York JFK Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 05:30 PM

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Miami MIA Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

(Good to see this one still has weekend hours.)

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Dallas/Fort Worth DFW Precheck Hours:

Terminal C
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Note: TICKETED PASSENGERS ONLY.

Terminal D
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Outside the screening area.

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Seattle-Tacoma, WA SEA - No Precheck center

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Houston, TX Intercontinental IAH and Hobby HOU - No Precheck centers

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Phoenix, AZ PHX Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

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Atlanta, GA ATL Precheck Hours:

Concourse A
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Note: TICKETED PASSENGERS ONLY.

South Terminal
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Outside the screening area.

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Newark, NJ EWR - No Precheck center

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Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN MSP Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Note: This TSA Pre ✓ ® Enrollment Center is PAST THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT

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Cleveland, OH CLE Precheck Hours:
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Sacramento, CA SMF - No Precheck center

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All Locations: This Enrollment Center will be temporarily closed for one hour on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"A million people can sign up tomorrow. The bottleneck is finishing the process. A website can easily surpport 16,000 applications a day."

That's true, but when the TSA says 16,000 a day are enroling, that's not true and it's misleading. One isn't enrolled until one gets a KTN.

Fix the TSA, I believe TSA is in the process of developing ways to monitor all PreCheck members social media accounts; they have not given up on the idea.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by The Multimeter Guide on

I think that Pre-Check should be a right for all travellers - not just a select special few!!

Submitted by Wintermute on

We all know TSA likes to inflate numbers... Just look at the number of terror attacks in 2015, and how vehemently West defended the number. So they could get 2 signups and they would somehow find a way to inflate it to 16000.

Submitted by DC N on

How is this not bribes? Sure no one is paying to look the other way. But what is being purchased is exclusive publicly funded services. I recently observed the forced bottleneck in the SLC airport with one scanner line completely shut down forcing non preTSA individuals into a single line while having two for preTSA. I don't care who you are that's unethical no matter how you look at it. It's nearly as ludicrous as telling some one they can take frozen water bottles but not ice water in a cup when the ice won't thaw during the trip unless you some how melt it. Enough is enough. Selling freedoms for perceived securities is growing into a security bubble with diminishing returns.