Last August I wrote about how the TSA was planning on tightening up Pre-Check, and limiting it to those who have enrolled in a Trusted Traveler Program (TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, etc.). As I explained at the time, roughly 45% of domestic passengers were getting Pre-Check, despite only a small minority of them having actually signed up for a Trusted Traveler Program.
From a safety perspective I don’t have an issue with that, since I tend to think taking off your shoes and jacket, and taking out your laptop and liquids, is more security theater than anything else.
That being said, from a passenger experience perspective it really pisses me off, since most of the passengers that were getting Pre-Check didn’t get how it worked, so slowed down the line substantially.
So while I’m not for the TSA limiting Pre-Check on the grounds of safety, I am for them limiting Pre-Check for the purposes of making it a truly expedited experience again.
Well, as the TSA warned, it looks like this is finally happening this month. Per an email sent out by American last night:
This month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making changes to the TSA Pre✓® Trusted Traveler Program that will impact which travelers receive expedited screening. If you’re not already a member of one of the Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓® Application Program, you will probably see a decline in how often you receive expedited screening, even if you’ve previously “opted-in” through a frequent flyer program.
The best way to increase your chances of receiving TSA Pre✓® on a regular basis is to register for a Trusted Traveler Program with the Department of Homeland Security at dhs.gov/tt. Once you receive your Known Traveler Number (KTN) from TSA, be sure you update your AAdvantage profile.
To add your KTN to your AAdvantage profile:
- Login to your account on aa.com and select My Account from the AAdvantage menu
- Within My Account, go to the Information and Password tab
- Add your Customs and Border Protection 9-digit PASS ID to your secure traveler information
For more information on TSA Pre✓®, visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.
So it looks like the changes are kicking in this month, and if you’re not enrolled in Pre-Check you shouldn’t expect to be eligible for it anymore (or at least not as often).
Personally this is something I’m really excited about, as it will return some value to the program.
Are you excited about some sanctity being returned to TSA Pre-Check?