The recent significant expansion of the Transport and Security Administration’s PreCheck expedited program has increased the wait-times in PreCheck lanes across the US, according to air traveler accounts.
TSA PreCheck expanded to 100 airports during the October-November period from just 40 airports earlier.
With Southwest, the largest US domestic carrier, also joining the PreCheck program on November 15 and JetBlue joining soon thereafter, the PreCheck lanes are expected to grow longer in coming months.
However, PreCheck lanes still receive a very high degree of approval from air travelers as despite longer waiting times than earlier – the lanes save time and offer far greater convenience than the usual security screening process.
With PreCheck screening, travelers are not required to remove their lightweight sweaters or jackets – or their shoes. Belts also do not have to be removed and laptops and tablets can be left in their cases.
From our experience, the PreCheck line moves extremely fast as no one is fumbling to remove garments, accessories, shoes and computers. Travelers in PreCheck seem much more familiar with what is required, and thus, do not hold up the line.
Let us know your experiences – especially with holiday travel.