Am I a good candidate?
Well, are you an ex-con from another country? If so, then no.
But if you're an upstanding citizen and fly often inside the U.S., it's probably worth your time.
Meghan Callaghan, a travel writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience, told Thrillist that TSA PreCheck is an invaluable timesaver. She got PreCheck when she was approved for the Global Entry program, which is geared toward Americans who travel internationally.
"I've gotten to the airport, through security, and to my gate in five to 10 minutes", Callaghan said. "Everybody should do it", she noted while depositing a modest check from TSA at her local bank.
Just kidding! Nobody goes to the bank anymore.
What's the application like?
Along with completing forms online, candidates must pay the fee and submit biographic information at an application center. Feinstein told Thrillist that, in addition to 22 locations inside airports (including two at LAX), the program now has 247 spots outside, as well. Appointments are scheduled well in advance, so be sure to set aside time to get there.
The actual interview process involves showing proof of citizenship, fingerprinting, a brief Q&A about your travel habits and personal life, and a dramatic reading of the Magna Carta.
OK, that last part isn't true. But the application basically includes paperwork and in-person background check to make sure you're not shady. Or if you are shady, to confirm that in person so you don't breeze through airport security.
Is it worth it?
"It's well worth 100 bucks", said Pat Forde, a medical device sales manager who flies weekly, as he deposited a modest check from TSA into his savings account. Again, we kid.
"Most people don't know how to travel well, what to do in security lines, when to take their shoes off", Forde said. "To kinda go on an express lane with fellow travelers who know the deal is a lot better".
In fact, TSA PreCheck lasts for five years. Other programs that include PreCheck have different costs: Nexus costs $50; Global Entry costs $100; and Sentri costs $122.25. Each lasts for five years.