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Professional Convention Management Association

November 02 2015

The TSA Is Making A Small Change To Airport Security

by PCMA

Have you ever been surprised to have a security officer at the airport steer you toward the TSA PreCheck lane? If you’re looking at a 40-minute wait, it’s the best. Rather than continuing to shuffle your feet forward at a rate of one mile per hour at the end of a lengthy line, you manage to breeze through security in a flash.

Well, those days are over, according to a recent article in The Washington Post. TSA spokesman Mike England told the publication that the organization will be eliminating the Managed Inclusion II program, which allowed agents to select low-risk passengers for the faster lines. In the future, the PreCheck lane will be reserved only for passengers whose names are actually on the PreCheck list. Unfortunately, the change may mean longer wait times for travelers in standard lanes. Christopher Paolino, spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports, told the Post that the move has led to longer average and peak wait times.

For those already enrolled in PreCheck, the news is good. It means fewer inexperienced passengers in front of you — and it means you can stop feeling frustrated at seeing someone enjoy all the benefits without paying any extra cash.

If your role in the convention industry keeps you on the road on a regular basis, TSA PreCheck is one of the most valuable investments you can make. For a non-refundable $85 application fee, you can gain access to the fast-track lanes for five years once you’re approved. Click here for more information on the program and directions to arrange an appointment for your application.

Looking for something to help pass the time at the airport? We recommend following the TSA’s Instagram account.

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