The TSA Pre-Check is NOT a guarantee that you will not be denied the rapid screening and randomly screened as a regular passenger without TSA Pre-Check. That said, I've only had that happen one time in two years and I travel a lot.
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Keep in mind that TSA Pre-Check is not offered at all airports in the USA, and even though the airport may be listed, it does not mean that the line will be any shorter. In Kansas City, for example, often they are down to one TSA person checking everyone's I.D. for flights. When this happens, there is no TSA Pre-Check line and so you wait in a long line like everyone else, when you finally reach the agent, you are then given special handling past that point and enjoy the benefits of having TSA Pre-Check status. For those of you who travel internationally, I recommend that you download "Mobile Passport" to your cell phone. Before you arrive in the USA from a trip outside of the country, you scan your passport, answer the declaration questions, and take a selfie. This is then submitted to US Customs and Immigration by clicking on the "submit button"in the program. You have four hours from the time that you hit the "submit" button to start the Immigration and Customs process. It can be done as you are taxing to the gate, so four hours is not a problem, even for flights from Europe. Upon your arrival, you whiz by those passengers who filled out Paper declaration forms and are in and out of the Customs and Immigration area in minutes...versus hours in some cases. I used this at JFK and was through with the entire process in under 15 minutes...while others not utilizing this program faced an hour or more in long, snaking lines. I even bypassed those with "GLOBAL ENTRY." Returning last week from Puerto Vallarta through Dallas I was able to get through the process in under ten minutes and was grouped together with those passengers who had Global Entry. I simply submitted the form before we left the gate in Puerto Vallarta since I knew I'd be in DFW with four hours. Here is the best part...MOBILE PASSPORT IS FREE! It's a well kept secret that you should take a look at and you'll see how great it is to use.
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