TSA previously offered a Managed Inclusion whereby passengers deemed to be a low security risk for flying would receive the TSA Pre-Check stamp on their passport and be referred to the TSA Pre-Check lines for expedited screening. These folks did not have to pay for the service, and were “pre-screened” in a sense based on their flying history and other undisclosed factors. Many frequent flyer programs also offered Pre-Check benefits to their top frequent flyers, though that wasn’t through an official subscription program.
Now, you won’t be able to use the TSA Pre-Check lanes without paying the fee and subscribing to the service, or one of the affiliated services that include it.
If you’re a member of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS, you’re already pre-approved. Many premium credit cards come with the added benefit of waiving your Global Entry application fee, so you may not have to pay the fee outright.
Per the Travel Market Report:
A TSA representative from Orlando International Airport, speaking off the record, confirmed that the program ended nationwide this week, saying: “It’s accurate in that we are no longer conducting a security process called Managed Inclusion ll. It allowed some travelers to have their hands tested while in line, in addition to other layers of security. They were then referred to the TSA Pre Check line. This process has been eliminated nationwide.”
Why This is a Good Thing
Folks who don’t normally used Pre-Check who were shuffled into the Pre-Check line drastically slowed down the process. They’d attempt to take their shoes, belt and other light outerwear off, only to be told to put it all back on by a nearby TSA officer. Folks would take laptops out, pulling bin after bin out to dump all of their electronics out, only to realize they could have left it inside their bags.
Assuming that Ore-Check was a guaranteed way to get through security fast no longer became a reality, since there was a good possibility that passengers without the pre-clearance would be granted admittance, especially at larger airports such as JFK and IAD.
If you no longer receive TSA Pre-Check for free, you can view my post discussing if TSA Pre-Check is worth it for you and if you should pay the fee.
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