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Three Airport Security Improvements Coming Soon – Is TSA PreCheck Still Necessary?

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Three Airport Security Improvements Coming Soon – Is TSA PreCheck Still Necessary?

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INSIDER SECRET: It’s easy to get TSA PreCheck for free (one of the biggest keys to upgrading your travel experience) by opening the right card. I’ll show you the most popular ones!

I start every TSA post by saying I don’t believe they’re anything more than security theater.

But until the Department of Homeland Security comes to that realization, they’re here to stay. That’s why TSA PreCheck is such a fantastic investment — it minimizes your time and interaction with the TSA.

Airports are fortunately making huge strides to improve the dreaded security checkpoint. And Atlanta is blazing the trail for US airports with three cutting-edge ideas.

These new practices from TSA should accelerate the security checkpoint experience for everybody! Is TSA PreCheck still a must? (Photo courtesy of Delta)

Three Security Checkpoint Improvements Coming Soon – Will TSA PreCheck Still Be Necessary?

Again, these updates are being piloted by Delta in Atlanta only (the international terminal). But with proven success, the new procedures will bleed into other airports.

1. Revolutionary Queues

The TSA is implementing a “dual-tray load feature” when unpacking your belongings onto the conveyor belt. And it’ll eliminate gigantic wait times for those gray bins. Exponentially more travelers can load bins and place them in a sort of holding area.

They’re automatically released at the correct time, so you don’t have to feed them through the scanner yourself. In front of the security lanes will be a light indicating when each lane is open. A green means the space is available.

This new tray loading system could save a lot of time. (Photo courtesy of Delta)

2. Improved Baggage Scanners

This feature isn’t exactly new. Airports have been working on these for a while.

Improved CT scanners should save a bit of hassle by allowing you to keep your electronics (yes, including your laptop) inside your bag instead of exhausting an extra bin. Fewer bins = faster scanning. And less time packing and unpacking your carry-on.

3. Automated Bin Stacking

This is amazing. After you grab your items from the bin, it will drop into a mechanism that will stack and replenish the bins at the front of the line. And best of all, it’ll scan each bin before it stacks and alert you if you forgot something! I can’t count the times I’ve heard the airport PA system request someone return to the security checkpoint to retrieve a forgotten item.

How to Get TSA PreCheck Credit

These advancements are great, but we still highly recommend TSA PreCheck, even after they’re rolled out to the rest of the US. And there are plenty of credit cards that reimburse you for the $85 fee for enrolling in TSA PreCheck.  A few of the most popular are:

These cards each come with a credit (up to $100) that reimburses you for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. Global Entry gives you expedited clearance through US customs and immigration. It’s great for overseas flyers because it’s designed to get you through immigration more quickly when you return to the US (it’s saved me hours and hours). And the best part is that a Global Entry membership automatically gives you a TSA PreCheck membership.

You can read Meghan’s post on TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry to figure out if Global Entry is a worthwhile pursuit for you.

Minor process improvements can make a big difference in your journey. Let me know what else you’d change to better the airport experience. And subscribe to the Million Mile Secrets newsletter for tips and tricks to traveling better.

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“I don’t believe they’re anything more than security theater”

Yet the days of hijacked planes and American travelers put in harms way from lunatic fanatics has been quelled to a zero incident record since their implementation. Your vib statement is rude and unAmerican and unnecessary. I hope you enjoy you and your family and friends getting on an airplane and traveling around the country. Waste of ink on this article

take 5 seconds to research the TSA’s accomplishments before you write ignorant comments

I wish I could get back the time I wasted reading this stupid article.

I’ve caught quite a few guns in my career. So, there goes your “security theater”.

So you foiled a few terrorist plots or you found a few guns that well intentioned Americans accidentally left in their bag?

“dual-tray load feature” etc.

Muricans still struggle with features like this that are second nature to Europeans.

During your next time standing in line just watch the regular lines, which are always full of amateur travelers.

Everyone who has Pre-Check knows this, especially when one of the non-Pre-Check travelers suddenly gets Pre-Check on their boarding pass and then slows the fast lines down for everyone.

Pre-Check is always worth it.