Tired of the Transport Security Administration groping and probing? Then it’s time for you to relax. Take a sigh of relief because TSA is introducing the PreCheck option which will allow you a tension and touch-free screening session, only for $85.
Isn’t it great news?
PreCheck is basically a ‘pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint.’ This means if you do not want to through the tiring and sometimes humiliating process of being stopped and searched at the airport you can now change that by paying a fee and applying for the program.
According to TSA, “PreCheck allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits.
Eligible participants use dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at participating airports for screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:
· 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
· Laptop from bag
· Light outerwear/jacket
The TSA official website further explains that travelers who wish to apply may pay the anticipated $85 enrollment fee online, or at an enrollment center. But there is a five-year term of eligibility, which is why applicants would have to re-apply. The vetting process might take, according to TSA, approximately 2-3 weeks.
But here’s the catch, even if you have applied for TSAPreCheck and wish to travel without any official groping you, you will be stopped and search if you ‘appear’ suspicious.
It remains to be seen if this policy will prove to be of any use at all.