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I have held TSA PreCheck pretty much since the program was launched in 2013. It has saved me countless hours over hundreds of flights and made travel so much easier with me not having to take out my laptop, liquids, or take off my shoes. I’m not alone in my anecdotal assessment of time savings. The TSA reports that 89% of travelers waited less than five minutes to go through security.
Unfortunately, that time will likely get significantly longer this summer as the TSA has now granted a new demo access to PreCheck. Children 12 and under were always allowed to go through a PreCheck line with their parents. That group is now being expanded to include children under the age of 17. This will add a lot more people in the PreCheck lines this summer and guess what? A lot of these children and teenagers will never have gone through this line and will inevitably slow it down.
My recommendation is to add CLEAR membership. While these lines are also getting a bit longer than they used to be, I find CLEAR to move faster than PreCheck since I don’t have to take out my ID and use my eyes or fingerprints to go through security.
Anthony’s Take: It’s going to be a busy travel summer. Show up early and make sure you’re enrolled in TSA PreCheck and CLEAR for the best results and quickest way through security.
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