What once used to pack with lines of people was nearly dead on a recent mid-week trip out of New York’s John F. Kennedy Terminal 4 thanks to no one in the dedicated TSA Precheck line. When TSA Precheck first launched, passengers could opt-in through their airline to receive the service meaning lines would sometimes be longer than regular security.
However since February 1, 2017, only those who have a known traveler number such as those who have Global Entry or pay for Precheck will now receive the benefit.
Your days of unexpectedly finding a “TSA PreCheck” mark on your boarding pass — without actually being a paid member of the program — are numbered.
“Starting early February 2017, TSA will significantly reduce access to [TSA PreCheck] expedited screening for non-enrolled travelers.
Since the program’s launch in late 2011, the TSA has granted some nonmember travelers access to PreCheck lines on a flight-by-flight basis, England said.
With the freebies now gone, you must have a known traveler number such as through Global Entry, to by paying for Precheck. There are several credit cards that will reimburse this fee including the The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.
Have you noticed TSA Precheck lines shorter? Feel free to share which airports you’ve experienced shorter lines at!