“No,” said by the TSA agent at New York LaGuardia in something between a grunt and a mumble.
First missed TSA PreCheck for The Rapid Traveler in a several months.
When it happened again at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, The Rapid Traveler wondered aloud what was happening. Yes, the program is random, but he rarely misses it.
“Did a travel agent book your flight?” the smart and friendly (Minnesotan, after all) TSA agent asked.
“Yes, this is the first ticket my new employer booked through their agent.”
“We have heard lots of complaints like that. Something about the travel agent booking can kick you out of the program. Go in and buy a refundable ticket, then cancel it, and you should be back in.”
This is refreshing, savvy candor, in stark contrast to the many times The Rapid Traveler has tried to talk with TSA agents about PreCheck.
Sure enough, when he checked his Delta profile, his Known Traveler Number (Global Entry) had vanished, so he reentered that. Odd that this did not happen earlier in the PreCheck program with his old employer’s agent but maybe that agent’s system was better or the trigger is a new agent . His Known Traveler Number is logged into the new agent’s system but clearly did not help.
Known Traveler Number aside, he still should have been eligible as Sky Priority, so he followed the TSA agent’s advice, booking an award ticket that he will cancel in a few days.
Next up is a leisure trip this weekend, booked prior to the agent-booked business ticket. Hopefully work will not infringe on play.
Has anyone else had this issue? With airlines other than Delta?