Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How To Sign Up To Participate in TSA Pre✓™

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We’ve been getting a lot of interest and rave reviews since rolling out TSA Pre✓™ earlier this month and travelers have been asking  how they can sign up.

The good news is that you may already be eligible and just not know it. This summer, after partnering with American and Delta airlines, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to identify a limited group of potential participants to test the expedited screening concept, each airline and CBP sent communications out to the participant pool telling them how to opt into the TSA Pre✓™ pilot. If you are a United States citizen and an existing member of one of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS or one of the more frequent flyers with Delta and American you more than likely received one of those communications.  This might be a good time to search your inbox to find it!

There’s more good news:  if you didn’t get the initial communication or accidentally tossed it,  there is still a way to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Read on…

If you are a United States citizen and are currently a member of CBP’s eligible Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS), you are automatically qualified to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ pilot as long as you are flying on a participating airline at a participating airport.  (If you’re a more frequent flyer with Delta or American, you must opt in to the program by responding to the communication sent to you, which is why it’s important to find that email and follow the directions in it.) 

The most important thing to know about TSA Pre✓™ during the pilot phase is:
  • Participants flying on Delta Air Lines must be flying out of either Atlanta (ATL) or Detroit (DTW)
  • Participants flying on American Airlines must be flying out of Miami (MIA) or Dallas/Fort Worth   (DFW)
This applies for both the participating airline frequent flyers and the CBP Trusted Traveler participants.

Booking Reservations
So now you’re ready to book your flight, and you want to participate – what do you do?  Current members of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS programs just need to place their PASS ID in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking their reservation. 
So now you’re ready to book your flight, and you want to participate – what do you do?  Current members of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS programs just need to place their PASS ID in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking their reservation.
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Frequent flyers who have already opted in through their airline don’t need to do anything more – the airlines will send confirmation of their participation when they send us the passenger’s Secure Flight data.

At The Airport
American Airlines’ participants  must  use check-in kiosks at the airport to print their boarding pass.  Delta Airlines participants do not. 

The next important step is to go to the specific checkpoint that has been specially configured for TSA Pre✓™ at each airport. At these checkpoints, an officer will scan your boarding passes to verify that you are eligible, and if you are, direct you to the expedited screening lane.  If you go to the wrong checkpoint, you’ll miss the opportunity for expedited screening.  So if you’re eligible and flying anytime soon, I’d keep the information below with my boarding pass:

TSA Pre✓™ Checkpoints:

  • Atlanta: T-South Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Dallas: Terminal C, Checkpoint C30 (American only)
  • Detroit: Checkpoint 2 on the ticketing level (Delta only)
  • Miami: D2 Checkpoint (American only)
The last key point I wanted to pass on is that  opting into the pilot will not guarantee expedited security screening for every flight. We have built random and unpredictable factors throughout the aviation security system to guard against terrorists gaming the system and this program is no exception.
 
I’m not done passing on good news. If you’re a United States citizen and not currently a member of one of CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs, you can join one now and be eligible for TSA Pre✓™ after you’re enrolled.  Here are the basic steps for applying:

Go to the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) page and register for a CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. Once registered in GOES, you can move forward with your enrollment in one of the CBP eligible programs. If you’re having trouble, you can go here for a presentation on how to locate a PASS ID (or Membership Number) in the GOES account.

And if you’ve gotten this far in the post and are still wondering what the heck TSA Pre✓™ is, you can take a look at this blog post from our Administrator, John S. Pistole or check out the info at TSA.gov. 

Blogger Bob

If you’d like to comment on an unrelated topic you can do so in our Off Topic Comments post. You can also view our blog post archives or search our blog to find a related topic to comment in. If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact a Customer Support Manager at the airport you traveled, or will be traveling through by using Talk to TSA.

72 comments:

weaklyflyer said...

Awesome, so even though I'm a green card holder I never get to qualify?

You do know that by the time I get my green card I have gone through two FBI background checks already right?

RB said...

What percentage of flyers does this group who have been offered this program represent? Less than 1%? And at what cost to the taxpayers?

Anonymous said...

Great idea (not) - make screening reasonable for some and continue the ridiculousness for the rest, in particular international visitors, who know better security and will know better not to return to the US in the future.

Sean said...

Is there any value in possessing a TWIC card (Transporation Workers ID Credentialling) when it comes to expedited airport screening or registering/applying for Pre-check, GOES, etc? The DHS conducts a detailed background check and collects biometric data prior to issuing this security credential.

TrackerNeil said...

I'm frankly skeptical of this program. What happens if the program is cancelled six months after citizens submit all the required personal information? Is that information purged from the TSA's records? If so, who independently verifies that this has been done?

TrackerNeil said...

I'm frankly skeptical of this program. What happens if the program is cancelled six months after citizens submit all the required personal information? Is that information purged from the TSA's records? If so, who independently verifies that this has been done?

Nadav said...

There is one question left unanswered in both posts about this new system: what is expedited screening? Less people in line or a less strict screening?

It's hard to convince people to volunteer their personal information when they don't know what they're getting in return.

Nadav

alex-sterling said...

I have a NEXUS card, and try to use it at the airport to get through the checkpoint. However, most of the time the TDC doesn't know what the card is, and I have to ask for a supervisor.

Will this program have any effect on TDC's knowledge and awareness of NEXUS cards?

Chris Boyce said...

The government doling out privileges in exchange for loyalty...Marx and Lenin would be very proud of you, Under Secretary Pistole.

How can I become a trusted traveler? How can I become a trusted subway rider? How can I become a trusted driver? How can I become a trusted bus passenger? How can I become a trusted mall shopper?

I so desperately want my government to trust me. I'll do ANYTHING -- spy on my neighbors, say something when I see something, answer all of the BDO's interrogation questions -- to earn the trust of my government!

I just want to be trusted! It would make me feel proud and much better than my friends who you don't trust.

Anonymous said...

And again, the FUNDAMENTAL question remains unanswered--

Just WHAT does 'Expedited Screening' mean? What is the benefit to the passenger for turning over a bunch of personal information? Just a separate line, no shoe removal, no patdown, or something totally different?

Why is TSA blatantly ignoring answering this basic question???

Anonymous said...

Nadav said...
"There is one question left unanswered in both posts about this new system: what is expedited screening? Less people in line or a less strict screening?"

They don't want to answer because the likely truth is the screener at the airport can probably still do pretty much whatever they want to do.

At best, being in the program slightly reduces your chances of being molested.

Blogger Bob said...

OpenID alex-sterling said... Will this program have any effect on TDC's knowledge and awareness of NEXUS cards?
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Hi Alex. I think it will. One of the reasons some of our officers don't recognize them is that they're not as common as other forms of ID. I think we recently did some refresher training on NEXUS cards. Are their any specific airports where you have the most problems with you card?

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

alex-sterling said...

Thank you for your response, Bob, I appreciate it. I guess I'm a little confused by what you wrote though. The reason I try to use my NEXUS card, and part of the reason I got it in the first place, is that the TSA website says it's one of the DHS Trusted Traveler cards, and when I talked to someone at DHS (can't remember who) they told me the same thing.

I figured that meant TSA employees were trained on what are "Acceptable IDs". If this is the case, then it's weird that they wouldn't recognize them. If it's not the case that TSA employees are trained on it, then I feel foolish for assuming I could use it just because the website said so, and for going through the process of getting one!

So, I guess can you tell me if there's there any way I can get a refund on my NEXUS card, if they aren't getting trained on it in the first place?

Blogger Bob said...

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information will be embedded in the bar code of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA will read the barcode at the checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing the following items:

•Shoes
•3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
•Laptop from bag
•Light outerwear/jacket
•Belt

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Blogger Bob said...

Sean - Not at this time. As with any pilot initiative, if proven successful, TSA will explore expanding the program to additional passengers, airports and airlines.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Blogger Bob said...

Alex,

Our officers are trained to recognize NEXUS cards. Especially those who are working at the pilot locations for PreCheck.

They are an acceptable form of ID at our checkpoints. Which airports are you having trouble at? Please let me know and I'll advise them they may need some refresher training.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

What is the cost of this program expected to be when fully implemented?

TSA is the blackhole of expenditures!

RB said...

Blogger Bob said...
Alex,

Our officers are trained to recognize NEXUS cards. Especially those who are working at the pilot locations for PreCheck.

They are an acceptable form of ID at our checkpoints. Which airports are you having trouble at? Please let me know and I'll advise them they may need some refresher training.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

October 19, 2011 12:04 PM

..............
It is TSA's claims that TSA employees are highly trained.

Of all the ID's that are posted as acceptable by TSA Nexus is number three on the list.

(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/acceptable_documents.shtm)

U.S. passport
U.S. passport card
DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
Permanent Resident Card
Border Crossing Card
DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
A Native American Tribal Photo ID
An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
A foreign government-issued passport
Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


Why is it that TSA can't even teach its employees to recognize the third listed ID on TSA's own list?

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob said...
They are an acceptable form of ID at our checkpoints. Which airports are you having trouble at? Please let me know and I'll advise them they may need some refresher training.

I can't speak for Sean, but I've had recent issues with Nexus at SEA, PHL and EWR. When they are shown a print out from your Blog or website, they say it's out of date instead of looking into the issue. Hate to break it to you, but your guys are lazy, Bob. They take the path of least resistance.

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RB said...

Anonymous said...
Blogger Bob said...
They are an acceptable form of ID at our checkpoints. Which airports are you having trouble at? Please let me know and I'll advise them they may need some refresher training.

I can't speak for Sean, but I've had recent issues with Nexus at SEA, PHL and EWR. When they are shown a print out from your Blog or website, they say it's out of date instead of looking into the issue. Hate to break it to you, but your guys are lazy, Bob. They take the path of least resistance.

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October 19, 2011 1:14 PM

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I think everyone should wonder if TSA employees can't even recognize the third listed ID on TSA's own list then just how competent can these same TSA employees be at other screening functions?

alex-sterling said...

Thanks again, Bob. I'm sorry the discussion has spiraled a bit out of control with other comments.

In your first comment you seemed to acknowledge that some TSA employees aren't knowledgeable about NEXUS cards, and even gave a reason why ("One of the reasons some of our officers don't recognize them is that they're not as common as other forms of ID"), which I initially felt was a perfectly acceptable reason.

But in your last reply to me, you mentioned that TSA employees were "trained to recognize NEXUS cards. Especially those who are working at the pilot locations for PreCheck." Maybe it's just me, but it seems like these two are in contradiction to each other. At first you're saying not all TSA employees are able to recognize NEXUS cards, but then you say they are.

Also, I have to confess, I'm unsure how to interpret your last reply. In particular, what do you mean that someone is "especially" trained? I don't want to seem glib, but to me either someone is trained or they aren't, right?

As for which airports, I don't remember them all offhand, but off the top of my head: HSV, SAT, GSO, PVD, RDU, MHT, LEB.

Anonymous said...

Pathetic. Shoes, liquids, laptops, belts, and jackets present no threat to anyone, anywhere, and you know it. So why are you demanding piles of information so a small portion of the flying public doesn't have to deal with your insane harassment, instead of just letting EVERYONE not have to remove shoes, liquids, etc.?

Blogger Bob said...

Alex,

Our officers have been trained, but according to your comments and other comments I’ve seen elsewhere, there are still officers out there that haven’t recognized the NEXUS card. The reason I gave for this earlier is that some of our officers don’t see them regularly and that may be why some don’t recognize them. As I did with the airports mentioned earlier, I’ll reach out to the airports you mentioned and let them know you’ve had trouble.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob said...
"... the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing the following items:"

I'm not impressed.

"may be referred" and "could include" are meaningless and tell us nothing.

RB said...

Blogger Bob said...
Alex,

Our officers have been trained, but according to your comments and other comments I’ve seen elsewhere, there are still officers out there that haven’t recognized the NEXUS card. The reason I gave for this earlier is that some of our officers don’t see them regularly and that may be why some don’t recognize them. As I did with the airports mentioned earlier, I’ll reach out to the airports you mentioned and let them know you’ve had trouble.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

October 19, 2011 3:32 PM

...................................

Do TSA employees receive continous refresher training throughout the year?

Would ID indentification be part of that training if there is continous training?

If there is continous training then in what manner is the accomplishment tracked and what testing to determine training goals have been met are utilized?

Anonymous said...

Based on this article in the Washington Times, a refresher on photography is also needed

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/19/senators-tsa-screeners-show-arrogant-disregard-rea/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Mr. Leahy said that when he gets patted down, other passengers on occasion have taken out their cellphone cameras to photograph the spectacle of a senator being frisked, and TSA employees will tell them photos are against the law.

Susan said...

This is going to make traveling so much easier for me! Since I fly so often. I understand it will only help a small percentage of flyers but since they are offering it, I'm going to have to take them up on it. I also don't care if they have to 'pre-screen' me but will definitely beat the lines

LonelySoul said...

Nicely Written.
Like to Read , about this.

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weaklyflyer said...

Bob, I see we have you replying to comments in this thread so is there any chance of getting an answer to my question regarding eligibility for green card holders?

I've followed all the rules to get to the country legally and I fly virtually every week. It seems to me like I am getting pushed aside for following the rules here...

C.K. Haun said...

What about CLEAR participants? I've been a member of the CLEAR program since it's inception, since I fly weekly, and CLEAR appears (to me) to meet the same criteria as NEXUS et. al.
Are CLEAR members going to be enrolled?

Blogger Bob said...

Kelly L. - I accidentally hit the delete button for your comment. Please resubmit it and I'll publish it.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Mike Toreno said...

Bob, when is the TSA going to start firing screeners for not knowing things they're supposed to know? They got trained on the Nexus cards. What excuse is there for not knowing what one is? It's not difficult. If somebody doesn't know something elementary like that, why don't they get fired for not having paid attention during training? Or why don't you start hiring people who can pay attention and remember? Why are you constantly wasting money training screening clerks about things they're supposed to know? Why not just get rid of them and hire people who can remember something from one day to the next?

Anonymous said...

Did you know that foreigners arriving in US airports from abroad do so without removing shoes, liquids, belts of jackets?

And those planes are just fine.

You should use this "expedited screening" for everyone.

TrackerNeil said...

Bob, I am a bit dismayed that you have not answered my question about the disposition of data if the program is cancelled, but I'll leave that for the nonce. I am, however, concerned about this statement you made:

"TSA will read the barcode at the checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which **could** include no longer removing the following items:"

That "could" is awfully flexible. It tells me that even after submitted personal information, the "trusted traveler" might still be subjected to all of the same restrictions and scrutiny as "non-trusted" travelers. That's not very much of a deal, is it? Can you address this?

kimm said...

So, you volunteer all this info to TSA, and you STILL can get pulled out, mistreated, humiliated...etc. Because of my leg brace (which I cannot hide ANYTHING in due to the construction), I'll still get pulled, even though you have no reason to do so now anyway.

Right! Yep, I'm going to run right out and participate in this bogus program.

And btw, just because someone is a "trusted traveler", what makes you believe this person will remain so and they can be trusted to keep their shoes and coats on? You don't trust me simply because I wear a brace, but you will continue to trust someone who you have done one background check on and assigned one of your little cards to? How many criminals have passed background checks for anything? Probably more than we care to know about. How many people have TSA or the US government has been warned about, and were allowed on a flight anyway? How about the underware bomber? He was turned in by his own father, and no one, even the US gov't listened.

I'm SICK of this and the treatment I (and others) get at airports in the name of "security". I would love not to fly and avoid TSA all together, but it is not possible.

No wonder travel to the USA is down.......

Mike Toreno said...

Trusted Traveler programs are not administered by the TSA, and for that reason you can expect them to be well designed and achieve the purpose they are meant to achieve. They're not for getting through the TSA lines faster; TSA is just piggybacking on to them. Nexus, for example, is mostly for using a special auto lane to cross the US-Canada border. If you don't need the Trusted Traveler ID for its intended purpose, I'd say there's no reason to get it just for TSA - like people pointed out, the TSA can change their use of it at any time.

I would like to know the answer to my previous question. When is the TSA going to start firing people for not knowing what Nexus cards are, or for not knowing other things they have been trained on and are supposed to know?

Ted Kennedy said...

I wonder how this works if you are on the no fly list or have an expired Saudi Arabian passport?

Anonymous said...

kimm said...
"You don't trust me simply because I wear a brace, but you will continue to trust someone who you have done one background check on and assigned one of your little cards to?"

Given the number of TSA employees that have been been arrested, I think it's pretty obvious that they can't screen out criminals.

Anonymous said...

So even though I hold a federal clearance and my federal credentials can get me into the white house, I have to get "virtually" strip searched by you guys.

Way to take advantage of the federal expenditures utilized to investigate my background along with everyone else who has a HSPD-12 PIV.

Mike Toreno said...

Bob, can you let us know when the TSA going to start firing people for not knowing what Nexus cards are, or for not knowing other things they have been trained on and are supposed to know?

ysitincoach said...

Hi Bob, I found that ATL TDC's had issue with the NEXUS cards--they were unaware or had never seen them. A big disappointment since this is a big TSA Pre check test city. The ATL TDC's supervisors were aware of NEXUS, but the actual line TDC's would grab the card, flip it over, look at it in wonderment then ask if I had a driver's license.

I was saddened to see that this program was tied directly to the airline, and not all CBP trusted travelers. I find it sad that we can use NEXUS/Global Entry to enter our border crossings, but not our domestic airports as trusted travelers. There's little sense that I'd be "trusted" flying Delta, but not AirTran or United out of the same airport and the same checkpoint if I already have CBP trusted credentials.

If we're already on file with DHS and CBP, why are we dependent on the airline to successfully transmit Known Traveler numbers to TSA...this should be a non-issue. All CBP card carrying members should have access to this product offering regardless of the airline they're flying.

Anonymous said...

If the TSA checks make people safe and the TSA does PreCheck, how does that work? Either people aren't safe or the entire assumption we need the TSA is a fallacy.

I don't see TSOs going to people's house to grope them and issue a PreCheck certificate.

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of comments about "what is the taxpayer cost". Well, if you think about it, this should actually reduce the costs at the checkpoints. Why? I present at the checkpoint as a pre-screened individual who has gone through extensive background checks, and that knowledge lets TSA spend significantly less time and resources on me. If a reasonable percentage of frequent fliers enrolled in the program, the costs of TSA inspection would shrink by whatever percentage of time is saved. I know that for me, at the US-Canada border, with a NEXUS Card, the CBP screening time has dropped from a couple minutes to usually less than 30 seconds. Even if it only cuts the screening time in half, that's twice as many passengers that they can get through the checkpoint with the same number of employees.

Anonymous said...

I get it free I you get an invite from a member airline frequent flier program. Alaska Air was announced a member but you only get a invite if you're MVP GOLD status. I've been flying AK Air over 22 years & at time over 100K miles/yr. I qualify as a known traveler right?. NOPE, without the MVP rating I got to go to CBA and join Nexus or Sentri for $100 ripoff

KT said...

Why isn't there a provision for military? We have many background checks and are often to and from military duty or deployments.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob - Looking for Advice.

I fly weekly. As a retired LEO, I fully appreciate the challenges you face.

I travel with three padlocked Pelican cases. The electronic equiment is delicate and has been stolen and damaged by improper repacking by TSA inspectors in the past.

I would like to be present during inspection, but most x-rays are now in the sterile area. I am not looking for an exception but an "accomidation".

Large agencies are not known for their ability to deal with a round hole and a square peg. I wrote a letter to John Pistole, but never received a response. ?????????????

A friend suggested carrying my off duty weapon, broken down into three pieces, one per case. My luck, the handgun would be stolen.

Blogger Bob said...

Anonymous retired LEO: Sorry for the problems you've had. I would suggest you contact the TSA Customer Support Manager at the airport you're going to be traveling through the next time and explain the issues you've had. They may be able to work something out with you the next time you travel. You can contact them directly through:

https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/talktotsa/

Thanks,

Blogger Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

What if I am a member of Global entry but have not been invited by an airline? Can I qualify for the Precheck program? Even if I am not a frequent flyer or an elite member?

Also, what benefit is it to join the Precheck program if I have no guarantee of avoiding the security hassles such as shore removal, a choice between being irradiated or groped, and other such nonsense?

Anonymous said...

This seems like a terrible program.

NOt only is it anti-democratic, but it is almost designed to fail. People can become trusted travelers and then can take advantage of the system to smuggle stuff onto planes.

How about getting an extra screener for busy times at airports and helping us all?

Matt said...

Hi Blogger Bob,

I think this is a great program! I was wondering if Nexus-card holders who are Canadian citizens qualify? If not, is this planned for the future?

We are already allowed to use Global Entry, so I'm hoping we can use Precheck too.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I suggest scraping the entire program and starting over, with the first entrants being any active-duty member of the military, civilian, or contractor that holds a clearance.

If the USG trusts these people to hold national security secrets, pretty sure you can trust them to fly safely and abide by the rules.

I know someone who has been serving the USG for years--with a security clearance--who was recently stripped-searched by the TSA, while on an official business trip, because he immigrated to this country years ago and "looks funny."

How many TSA agents would be able to pass the rigorous process of getting a clearance? Certainly not the recent cadre of agents rolled up at LAX for drug-running.

Belfor said...

@weaklyflyer 2 FBI checks wow that's crazy. I'm glad that I got my citizenship when I was 12 or I'd be in the same boat as you. I feel for ya.

Anonymous said...

I know someone who even though they have been approved and have a trusted traveler number in their Delta profile, they never get sent to the precheck line after scanning their boarding pass. This has happened about nine times in a row?

What could cause this?

Unknown said...

Ok, I have my Global Entry Membership as stipulated to be able to participate to the TSA Pre. Cost me $100.-
Here is the funny part, as so many posted in the comments, when I approched the TSA Pre on concourse D at MIA, as expected, the officer at that specific designated point didn't recognize the Global number and obviously covered himself with the random policy.
So, after all the agravation of getting the Global Entry suscription meaning, paying 100 bucks, loosing a day of work to go to the interview, paid parking at the airport where the interview was conducted, being a Gold member with AA frequent flyer and one trip away to be platinum (flying over 100.000 miles a year), I'm still have to be waiting for a "random" selection?.
Now the best part, I worked at MIA airport for 2 years until september 2010 as a International Security for American Airlines, meaning, having all the backgrounds checks from CBP and TSA and having the ID that had to pay to be able to go over the entire airport as if it was my backyard, getting into hundreds of planes to do the check ups required, entering through TSA in a daily basis, getting to know a lot of them and CBP officers alike, still.....have to be randomly selected.
Well....something is really wrong in this picture. Now that I fly every week for the entire year, seems that I became more suspicious than when I was working there in a daily basis.
My feeling now?....wasted $100 bucks, a few hours over the internet applying for the Global thing, parking for $8, a day of work, and 30 minutes extra today when I went over the explanation with this TSA agent and 10 people went over in front of me before I was sent to the Priority Boarding again like even monday.
Shame on me in believing that this program could be of some help for my weekly traveling.
Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

I also paid the $100 did the Global Entry interview and background checks, got the card and it worked for a while. Now after about 10 times in a row I have not been allowed to go through precheck. I am a Platinum Delta card holder and will probably make Diamond his year, I travel out of Detroit multiple times per month. TSA staff at the airport and on the 1800 number can't help me TSA says talk to Delta and Delta says talk to TSA. Website gives me generic responses. Profiles have my global entry number included. I have written to he TSA ombudsman to see if help comes but I am not holding my breath
I'm ok with random checks but being denied access to precheck is now the norm not the exception.
wondering why I spent he money and time. Very frustrating especially having to undress from business clothes and unpack mixed in a line with folk with children and old people, I waste hundreds of hours of productive time every year and I did everything right.

Anonymous said...

To sign up what number do you use from the back of your NEXXUS card?

Anonymous said...

I am just like the previous post - I went through the Global Entry process and have my ID on my profile in Delta and have not yet - since April to be able to go through the "pre-check" line; this is making me think that Global Entry was a ruse to get info on people versus make it convenient again for flying -what's the deal or point of having this card?

Anonymous said...

I'm a Pre-Check member and I love it - I had to provide no information to the TSA, they got it all from my frequent flyer program, noting in there too personal. No big forms or investigation, they use the info they already have. And the experience at the airport? Expedited screening simply means - it's the way things used to be before TSA. Easy. Just throw your bag on the belt and walk through the metal detector. Done. Keep your shoes, belt and jacket on, leave the laptop in the bag.

So - no extra background check required, no paperwork, nothing.
Security screenings like in the Pre TSA days.

And - because it's fast, there's no line, none.

What's not to like?

Cleiber said...

This is interesting...
I am a Global Entry holder and my American Airline reservations show that I am a "Known Passenger" next to the Tsa Expedited Screening Program" entry. I am not, however, a US citizen and hold a Permanent Resident card.
Cannot find any "official" word on this. Could you please clarify if Green Card holders who belong to the Global Entry program are allowed into the TSA Pre lines or not?
Many thanks!

John B said...


I had clearance to visit the west wing of the White House and a top secret security clearance but apparently creating a program for American citizens that have passed a more rigorous screening program never crossed their mind.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you can apply through GOES.gov with a green card.

Anonymous said...

To all of the big brother fear mongers I call all of you nuts. If you have done nothing wrong then let the Government check and recheck all of our backgrounds. I have nothing to hide, check as much as you want especially if I can get through security faster.

And to the idiots who still keep their watches on, shoes on, laptops in bags, liquids hidden will you please pull your head out. You are the ones slowing us down.

Ferdinand Velasco said...

Bob,
Does the program require that the printed boarding pass be used at security or will the barcode on an electronic boarding pass (as on a smart phone)also work?
Also, are flights booked prior to enrollment in the TSA PreCheck eligible for expedited screening?
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

So i fly frequently on numerous airlines, and don't have 'Platinum' level on any, but fly every week - HOW DO I SIGNUP FOR PRE ? I've been on the blog and website for a 1/2 hour an it's insanely cryptic to determine how I can see if I qualify.

??????

Beat Maker said...

Exactly, I am in the same situation and I'm a little confused about that as well...

Anonymous said...

I've read and read but kept losing my toiletries to TSA, so bought some nice travel sets from Spa-llywood.com all clear for take off now. I wish I did this from the beginning, wasted a lot of time and money.

Unknown said...

I absolutely love it in Seattle. It's like flying before 911. It all depends on the original email that was sent out. I got the email, filled it out, and eventually got boarding passes that allowed me to use the line.

Anonymous said...

Can I use my global entry status to pass through the tsa preapproval line? or, do I have to apply for a tsa preapproval number? and will it cost me $85, even though I paid $100 for the global entry?

Anonymous said...

To get a TWIC card I had to provide bio metric information and a cursory background check.(and pay $165) Shouldn't TWIC card holders automatically be enrolled in the Pre check TM program?

Anonymous said...

I would agree with the TWIC comments.
Not allowing TWIC to be valid for Pre-check is silly and very inefficient.
Far more screening is done for a TWIC card than for a US Passport.
On the other hand, TWIC screening may will be done by a different contractor who doesn't want anyone nibbling on his piece of the pie.
TWIC is valid for 5 years.
TWIC is more $$$ than precheck/Global Entry
Please stop adding fees to the traveling public.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to remove shoes belt jacket. Laptop out of bags or anything like that & you go into a different line

Mit Mold said...

I lost TSA pre-check, saves me so much time when I fly its unreal. Don't know why any frequent flyer WOULDNT do it.