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We flew from Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) before connecting home to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). I forgot what a hassle connecting from an international flight is in Atlanta and am wondering if I might have found a future workaround.
After going through US Customs and Border Protection, all passengers are brought to an area with two choices: those with trips terminating in Atlanta head right and connecting flights head left. There are signs for TSA PreCheck®, but it does not exist here. Instead you’re dumped into a melange of people unsure about what to do next. Flight crews cut into the lines. Wheelchairs push by and passengers are told to leave everything in their bags. This is fine in theory, but part of the benefit of having TSA PreCheck® is the ability to wait in a shorter line. It took us over 30 minutes to get through security and that’s with no one having to remove shoes, take out liquids, or remove electronics from their bags.
I’m wondering if the next time I have a connection if I should just go through as if my final destination was Atlanta and then head back in using TSA PreCheck® or Clear Plus. That has to be faster. I’m curious if this is allowed or would be frowned upon for any reason.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the only airport that I can think of with a setup like this and it’s awful. There should be dedicated lanes for crew, passengers needing extra assistance, those with airline priority statuses or booked in premium cabins, and those with TSA PreCheck®. The crew and those needing assistance should at the very least be segregated as they continued to cut in and we kept getting pushed further and further back.
Anthony’s Take: I think I might have found a workaround for future connections in Atlanta. The current security situation after customs and immigration is laughably bad. Does anyone have any tips? Would my idea work?
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