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TSA has a great new program that lets you breeze through security by keeping your shoes on, leaving the laptop in the bag, and avoiding the nude-o-scope. I have always been interested in the program but hadn’t tried it until today.
My First Time
Today was my first time going through TSA Pre and it was a pleasure.
I was so excited with how much nicer the process is than the other security lanes. The agent scanned my boarding pass at the entrance of the TSA Pre line and I was off for the expedited screening.
First of all, the line was shorter than the elite member line and well short of the normal line.
Next up was the metal detector and the scanners. I didn’t have to take my shoes off, left my liquids and computer in the bag, and best of all, I didn’t have to worry about getting the enhanced pat-down or have my picture taken in the nude-o-scope for ‘training’ purposes.
The process to go through security took about ten minutes. It made the trip to get to the SkyClub so quick and easy.
Why I Waited
For some time I’ve been wanting to try out TSA Pre. It wasn’t that I wanted the first time to be special, I had already added my Nexus ID to all of my frequent flyer programs. I was just waiting for the right opportunity when TSA Pre or something to that effect was printed on my boarding pass.
I don’t know why I was thinking I had to wait for language on my boarding pass.
It turns out, I learned that the words won’t be printed on your boarding pass. A friend told me that since I had already been cleared for the program, all I had to do was just walk up and scan my boarding pass.
The first time through the enhanced TSA Pre scanning was a breeze. The upgrade cleared early, I was scanned into the TSA Pre line, and was through screening in about five minutes.
How To Get TSA Pre
You must meet certain criteria which can be found at TSA’s website. If you are already a NEXUS, Global Entry or SENTRI member, you can add that member ID to your airline’s “Known Traveler Number” in your profile.
On Delta, you can navigate to Profile>About Me and add your NEXUS, Global Entry or SENTRI number to your known traveler number.
TSA Pre saves time. If you don’t already have TSA Pre and Global Entry / Nexus I would highly recomend the programs.