I wrote a post last week about whether or not TSA Pre√ membership is still worth having — considering that CT-based scanners are rolling out to airports, slowly but surely.
Reader “I Love Dan” fired off a mini-rant about TSA Pre√ lines. They pointed out something I think many of us experience time to time:
I travel 4x weekly through different airports…Without fail, on EVERY-SINGLE-TRIP there are multiple people (in) the Precheck line who have no clue what precheck is. They’re asking about laptops, taking off their shoes, unpacking their liquids, etc.
Yep. Been there, seen that. Annoying, isn’t it? Especially when you’re in a hurry.
I Love Dan then drops what I think is a fantastic idea:
I’ve been saying this for years. There needs to be a quick quiz that you must pass to get precheck. You should be required to watch a 2 minute video and answer 10 questions about it. This will hopefully educate some of these “frequent” travelers and speed up the precheck lines.
Now, part of me thinks non-Pre√ members are sometimes directed to the Pre√ lines to help alleviate congestion in the general lines. Other times, they’re given funneled to Pre√ to sample what they’re missing and thus encouraged to enroll. So, maybe those are reasons why some people take out their laptops and remove their shoes while standing in the Pre√ queue. (Perhaps someone more familiar with TSA practices can shed some light on how all this works.)
But I also think some people sign up for Pre√ or Global Entry because someone tells them to — and they have no idea how the program works. Then when it’s time to go through airport security, they’re like, Uh, what?
A test with questions like, “What do you do with your belt when using TSA Pre√?” and “Can you keep your compliant liquids in your bag?” might educate people on how to best use Pre√. That makes the whole process more pleasant for everyone.
Heck, make it a mandatory thing when people apply for and renew their memberships.
I say “Bravo!” to I Love Dan.
What do you think of this idea? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.