While going through security at the AA checkpoint in Kansas City this morning, I noticed that the document checker was scanning all boarding passes presented to her (even paper BPs). This seemed a bit strange, considering have only scanned mobile boarding passes for the past four years that I have flown out of MCI.
This morning, however, when my boarding passes gave me the three beeps, the document checker handed me this pink card, stating that a modified version of PreCheck was now in use in Kansas City!
I still had to remove my laptop and liquids from my backpack, but my shoes and hoodie were allowed to stay on, which greatly decreased the time it took for me to pass through the screening.
TSA did announce recently that they would be expanding PreCheck to an additional 60 airports by the end of the year. The list, which includes Kansas City, unfortunately did not include all eligible airlines, as each airline at MCI has their own checkpoint and gate area, and some are too small for an additional metal detector.
While I doubt we'll see a real version of PreCheck is use for American or United anytime soon, this is certainly a step in the right direction. There was a report this morning on FlyerTalk, stating that this modified version of PreCheck was also being used in Philadelphia's Terminal A checkpoint. If your airport does not yet feature PreCheck, keep your eyes peeled for these colored cards.