Just over a week ago, I wrote of my first experience using TSA's Trusted Travel program, Pre✓, at LAX. I was pleased with the fact that I could keep my shoes and coat on, although I was disappointed by the fact that so few airports & airlines had adopted the program. United was scheduled to add Pre✓ to some of their airports throughout 2012, but many details were unknown, until today, when TSA announced plans to expand Pre✓ to twenty-eight airports, and three more airlines.
With more than 336,000 passengers screened to date through TSA Pre✓™ lanes, this screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to focus its efforts on passengers the agency knows less about while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying.
TSA Pre✓™ is currently operating with American Airlines at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and with Delta Air Lines at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis. US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines are all opting in new passengers and will begin operations later this year.
Throughout the course of 2012, the TSA has plans to add Pre✓ operations to the following airports:
Recent reports have stated that we'll start to see airports coming online by the end of February, which is terrific news. I've been avoiding Chicago for a long time, as I've found that they employ some of the rudest TSA clerks in the country, especially when I opt-out of their body scanners, which emit Ionizing Radiation. On my last trip through Chicago, the clerk conducting my pat-down said to me "People like you shouldn't be allowed to fly", simply because I asked him to change his gloves before sticking his hands in my pants.
At LAX, I was pleased to see that they removed their full body scanner from the checkpoint that houses the PreCheck lane, as well as the AA premium checkpoint. If this happens to every Pre✓ lane in the country, I'll actually look forward to the security process again! Although I'm sure I'll miss getting a free colonoscopy from a TSA clerk.
Stay tuned for more information on the Pre✓ program.