How the TSA’s Newly-Expanded Expedited Travel Program Works

In a recent article published by Adam Dachis, Travel Editor from, explains how the new TSA Expedited Travel Program will work and if it is worth signing up for. Any way to help move you through the airport screening process quicker is worth signing up for in my opinion.

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The U.S. Transport Safety Administration (TSA) has been testing a program called TSA Pre?™ that allows you to supply the TSA with a handful of personal details in exchange for skipping the long lines at security checkpoints. Depending on how you feel about the TSA, this may sound really great or really terrible. Now that the program is expanding the many more airports, we’re taking a look at how the program works and whether or not it’s worth your time.

The PreCheck program works by embedding a code in your boarding pass. The TSA agent checking that pass scans it, finds out that you’re special, and may refer you to an expedited line. You also could by exempt from removing your shoes, items from your carry-on, your jacket, and your belt. The language on the TSA’s “How It Works” page (see the image on the right) doesn’t appear to guarantee any of these benefits. In fact, the page reminds you that “no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening” and that you’re still subject to the “random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport.” The bottom line is that you might get these benefits, but they’re not making any promises.

Is it worth signing up for? Not sure yet, well click here to read the rest of the article.

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