I paid the $85 and used to see everyone going thru and though why did I sign up ?Wife travels a lot and has the computer so its great for her.So it stays in her bag.
From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.
It's funny. I always understood that you had to pay for it so was surprised that Jet Blue gave it to us. To me, I didn't see the value. The first time I saw it printed in the boarding pass I didn't even know what it was and we went with through the regular security line!! Getting to Aruba from Boston I didn't see much of an advantage. Boston to Las Vegas is a whole other story. Would I cough up $85 for it, don't think so.
TSA explains confusion over PreCheck policies http://travelskills.com/2015/09/23/t...heck-policies/
“TSA routinely evaluates the effectiveness of airport checkpoint screening procedures at all U.S. airports to ensure the security of travelers. TSA has recently eliminated the practice of utilizing behavior detection officers and explosive trace detection sampling to direct certain passengers into TSA Pre✓® expedited screening lanes, a practice known as “Managed Inclusion II.” TSA will also continue to offer expedited screening to certain travelers who have been pre-screened by TSA canines, a practice known as “Managed Inclusion I.” Overall, the agency is now moving toward offering TSA Pre✓® expedited screening only to trusted and pre-vetted travelers enrolled in the TSA Pre✓® program, and is working with a number or partners to expand enrollment in program. Aviation security employs multiple layers, both seen and unseen, to ensure the safety of the traveling public, and TSA constantly tests and challenges this system in order to enhance capabilities and improve techniques as threats evolve.”
I know that this is an old thread but wanted to share our experience on May 7th,2016. My husband and I have not paid for global entry as we pretty much only travel to Aruba yearly any other flying is sporadically. We normally fly JB Bos-AUA. For the last 4 trips( including this last time) and 1 trip in August 2014 to Seattle I have gotten the TSA precheck,for our last 3 Aruba trips my husband has gotten TSA precheck. My husband is an over the road truck driver and he did have to go through a thorough federal government screening( he is hazmat certified) so this probably explains his TSA precheck but I am not sure why I have been lucky enough to get it. I thought that maybe it was because I am always going to the same place but that would not explain why I got it going to Seattle. Anyways I thought I would share my experience and was wondering if anyone else regularly gets the TSA precheck without having paid for global entry?
Global Entry and TSA pre-check are two totally different things.
Global Entry is used when you are entering the United States - To apply for this requires a face to face interview with a US Custom's agent at one of their offices and the cost for this is $100.00. This also includes TSA pre-check. In Aruba, this is used when you are leaving and entering the US Customs area. (Global Entry holders go to the right while all others go to the left).
TSA pre-check is used when you are in the United States and flying anywhere in the world. This allows you to leave your shoes on, jacket on, computer stays in bag, etc. The cost for this service is $85.00 and does not require a face to face interview with a US Custom's agent.
We recently paid the $85 each for 5 years. We often received the free pass from our airlines algorithm but got tired of the randomness of getting it. Well worth the $85 if you fly even a few times a year and not have to get dressed again after being screened.
We did have to go for a face to face interview at a local screening company and had to provide digital fingerprints. We received our KTN "known traveler number" from the TSA within a week and as long as it is entered into your airline profile with any airline, your boarding pass is issued with a TSA pre approved designation.