Modified Version of TSA PreCheck Begins!

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.


ontherun October 12, 2013 at 08:41 pm

I just ran into this modified Pre-Check as well at Jackson MS (JAN) this past Friday 10/11

Aaron S. October 13, 2013 at 09:53 am

@ontherun - You must have been on the Delta side (West concourse) as East side with United, American, and Southwest only has one way to get past security and that's a single WTMD. One of the great reasons I love JAN! Stop by sometime if you're in the area and I'll catch a beer with you.

Interesting post on "PreCheck Lite"! Here's another example of how the TSA PreCheck addition to certain airports isn't what it seems, e.g. at Charleston, SC (CHS) --

David October 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

am TSA pre-check for past few yrs; today first time FRESNO too i experienced 3 beeps and a color card for the PRE-CHECK LITE keep on shoes, jacket, take out computer, liquids - yes, better if not quite full pre-check

Nic October 14, 2013 at 07:41 pm

Same in Toledo,Ohio 11OCT13. Was told they have "Pre-check Jr.!"

pc October 16, 2013 at 09:08 pm

What's the difference? My guess is a security issue and at these airport they have the ability to separate the person but not separate the bags through the scanners. IE: A non-precheck qualified person might use the same x-ray, line, etc...

Derek January 1, 2014 at 08:16 pm

At MCI United offers full TSA Pre. It has a dedicated line and each time has taken me about 60-90 seconds to get through.

@Derek: It's great, isn't it? We got full PreCheck around Thanksgiving week!