This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced the addition of six new TSA PreCheck airlines. This now makes for 52 carriers to participate in the Transportation Security Administrations expedited security program.
TSA PreCheck has been a lifesaver for me over the years. With very few exceptions, it provides me with a consistent, short security line and makes getting through security easier. That’s why it’s good news to see more airlines participating.
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At least a bit to my surprise, Southwest Airlines has decided to offer TSA PreCheck access to it’s customers. This shouldn’t really be a big announcement since so many other airlines have been offering PreCheck for quite some time. But, Southwest doesn’t exactly have the best computer system. After all, it wasn’t too many years ago where they updated their scheduled spreadsheet to free up availability for more planes. There was a decent amount of scuttle butt that Southwest wouldn’t try and tackle this prior to finishing the AirTran integration, but […]
It looks like TSA is getting ready to go through a massive growth phase for PreCheck, expanding it to many corners of the country where it’s not yet present. There are plenty of folks who decry the TSA and pretty much everything they do. I’ve never been one of those people, though I have had my share of unpleasant experiences traveling in the TSA era. I don’t think everything is perfect by any stretch. But I think they’ve hit their stride in a few areas, most specifically TSA PreCheck. I […]
I’ve been a huge fan of PreCheck since it’s inception. I was an early user through my elite status with American Airlines and have enjoyed near complete success using my Global Entry status. Just in case you haven’t been following along, what’s PreCheck? It’s security the way you remember it from 15 years ago. Leave your shoes and belt on, leave your liquids and laptop in your suitcase. And, much shorter lines (though that’s slowly changing with more people enrolled). Before now, the only easy ways to get into PreCheck […]
It looks like TSA PreCheck hit 40 (airports, that is). There have been recent announcements about Cleveland and Austin. Then Memphis. And, finally Raleigh. I’m a huge fan of PreCheck. I’ve been happy to use it at my home airport of Washington Dulles over the past 6 months and really like the integration with the Clear lanes in Denver. While there are some that believe the TSA should be abolished, I’m reasonably happy with the way they’ve expande PreCheck. The easiest way to qualify for PreCheck is to be invited […]
When I think back to last March, flying home New Zealand with a brief pit stop for some work in Las Vegas definitely didn’t seem normal When I was on the tarmac in Auckland waiting to take-off, the United States closed the borders to anyone arriving from Europe. That seemed pretty serious at the time. Still, I told my wife I was coming home and would probably be off the road for four or five weeks. 14 months later and fully vaccinated, I got back on the road last week […]
With the possible exception of some tropical airport in Hawaii, Paine Field is the nicest airport in the United States. It’s certainly the nicest airport I’ve ever been to in the US. This also marks the first time I ever took an inaugural flight from a brand new airport. Hope you enjoy the tale!