TSA PreCheck begins at Philadelphia

TSA PreCheck began September 12 at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Located at Checkpoint C for Terminals B and C, it is open to selected eligible passengers on US Airways and members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs (see press release).

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Yuengling beer bottle clock at PHL, photo by waitscm

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  • Karen

    Works great. Such a pleasure

  • Fisher1949

    This is nothing more than TSA propaganda, Precheck was introduced nearly two years ago. This is TSA PR garbage, not improved airport security.

    The media has been pandering to TSA, repeating their propaganda and excusing the agency despite repeated incidents of smuggling drugs and guns, a hundred criminal arrests and exposing over a dozen pedophile TSA screeners in less than two years. The media that ignores these failures are promotes TSA propaganda is slowing reform of this failed agency and making air travel less secure.

    According to FAA data there are 368 primary airports in the US. Putting Pre Check in 35 of them only for use by frequent fliers is not going to have any positive impact on delays. This PR program is intended to placate the airlines best customers, not help the average traveler

    Based on 3 million using Pre Check the past 12 months people, some of them several times, there were over 800 million passengers.

    The chances of you being able to use this is 0.4% or 4 in 1,000 trips and then only if you are a Delta, United, American or US Airways frequent flier. If you fly on Southwest or Jet Blue forget it. That is not going to speed up the lines for anyone but the privileged.

    Providing an exemption based on frequent flier status on a private sector airline has to be illegal. This is no different than allowing people who buy a Volt or belong to AAA to ignore the speed limit. The concept is identical.

    Why would the average person be happy about biased program that favors the frequent fliers and treats them as being more equal than everyone else?

    We all pay the same amount for TSA and no one should get special treatment from TSA because they spend a lot of money with United Airlines.

    TSA is also extending this to 2.2 million Federal workers with SSI clearance next year. Most of them will be exempt from TSA screening. Nice perk for Fed workers who make these rules.

    Would people be happy if TSA offered this only to millionaires, whites, men or college graduates? If not then they should oppose this along with the exemptions for other ‘special” groups.

    If these security measures aren’t applied to everyone equally, then they simply won’t work and should be stopped.

    There needs to be a class action suit brought against the airlines and TSA for this blatantly unequal treatment of average travelers who pay the same amount for government supplied security.

  • Andrew

    Or just get GlobalEntry ($100 for five years) or Nexus ($50) and you are in the program. Minorities and infrequent travelers are more than welcome.
    Also, the passenger volumes are low because the program is still new. It does help with delays during peak hours (e.g. Monday morning).
    Or you can organize a lawsuit against EZpass for discrimination against people without transponders. Maybe there people will listen.

    Relax. Have a drink at the airport bar.

  • Mike

    I am a millionaire, white, male and have a college degree. What line at the airport is for us?

  • Monty

    It’s obvious you’re not a frequent flyer. I fly over 150 segments a year. It’s a pleasure to use TSA Pre-check. It’s very frustrating to wait in security lines with casual flyers that take up to five minutes just to empty their pockets, take off their belt, remove their jackets and forget to take things out of their bags. I allowed the TSA to further check my background for the use of this service. And that’s what it is, a SERVICE for people who spend half their lives in airports. I would be interested to hear your take on TSA Pre-Check after you flew 40 segment in two months.

  • Lisa

    I happen to really appreciate Precheck! Why wouldn’t it be offered to the frequent flyers? When you fly through the same airports so often that all of the employees know you by name, getting undressed and having to dump out your bags gets old pretty fast. I don’t consider this a benefit for the privileged as you can buy your way into the program. This minority female can’t wait for this program to become available at all airports.