Today, it was announced that 5 new airlines have joined the TSA PreCheck program – Air Serbia, Condor Airlines, Porter Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and the United Kingdom and Scandinavian units of Thomas Cook Airlines.
TSA Is Adding More Airlines to PreCheck But Not Fixing a Real Issue
This brings to grand total of airlines in the TSA PreCheck program to 52 domestic and international airlines. This is great for those travelers that crave the expedited screening process at airports and it allows for more time to be saved rather than standing in long security lines at the airports.
At least that is what TSA has been trying to sell with the Precheck program for years and what they are trying to push with these additional airlines that join the program.
The Problem With Some Of These Airlines in the PreCheck Program
The problem is that some of these international airlines depart from terminals in US international airports that have, wait for it, no TSA Precheck facilities! That’s right, your nice expedited TSA PRE mark on your boarding pass will really translate to pretty much no advantage at many international terminals.
Over the last few months, I have flow on Turkish, Emirates, and Lufthansa from international terminals in the US and had my trusted traveler number entered and so received my TSA PRE marking on the boarding pass. T
he problem is when I get to the security entrance point, I am informed that they do not have a PRE line at this terminal and they just give my a bright card that I get to hand to the agent at the detectors and then I don’t have to go through the regular screening machine but I go through the metal detector.
Give Us Real PreCheck Lines Or Don’t Approve Airlines In Those Terminals
Can I be honest? I don’t care about the metal detector! I want to be able to leave my electronics in my bag, leave my belt and shoes on, and have a somewhat quicker process at security than everyone else that has not paid for the TSA Precheck program (which I don’t pay for anyway as I have it through my Global Entry and I don’t pay for that because I get it through my credit card).
TSA needs to start putting Precheck facilities in these terminals or just stop adding airlines for which having Precheck doesn’t matter.
Have you experienced this problem of no TSA Precheck lines with airlines on their list? Which airports and airlines?
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