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Old 01-31-2016, 02:59 AM
 
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Don't you have to let them do CIA level background checks on you and everyone you associate with though? Even though I have nothing to hide, the invasiveness creeps me out.
No. The "interview" took one minute and consisted of asking me whether the information on my passport and driver's license was up to date.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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No. The "interview" took one minute and consisted of asking me whether the information on my passport and driver's license was up to date.
Exactly. In fact as i recall the application itself didn't ask for more information than you would normally put down on a credit or job application. I think i had to provide more information to get my mortgage, i remember that process being very invasive. The worst thing you have to do is provide your fingerprints which makes sense since biometric data is nearly impossible to forge which really protects your identity.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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That's my strategy. I'm a pretty frequent flyer, and so far I haven't been tempted to spend the money on PreCheck. I wear shoes that are easy to slip off, and have a TSA-friendly laptop bag (so I don't have to remove my laptop). I'm also a fairly patient traveler. So standing in line a few minutes has never really bothered me a great deal.
TSA friendly laptop bag? I've never heard of this. Every time I get in line, those agents are very insistent about everyone getting out their laptops. They don't mention that those with certain types of computer bags are exempt. As for the shoes, I wear flip flops, but I always get searched anyway because I'm half Indian, thus I fall into their Middle Eastern looking stereotype, despite the fact that I have a thick Texas drawl and tattoos
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Post Since 2008 TSA has allowed "checkpoint friendly" laptop bags

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TSA friendly laptop bag? I've never heard of this. Every time I get in line, those agents are very insistent about everyone getting out their laptops. They don't mention that those with certain types of computer bags are exempt.
TSA agents rarely known their own rules and policies; they've had this policy for several years, but you rarely hear an agent mention the "checkpoint friendly" laptop bags or see placards explaining the difference.
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Starting Aug. 16, 2008 TSA began to allow laptops to remain in bags meeting "checkpoint friendly" guidelines. Not all laptop bags are "checkpoint friendly"
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:48 PM
 
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TSA friendly laptop bag? I've never heard of this. Every time I get in line, those agents are very insistent about everyone getting out their laptops. They don't mention that those with certain types of computer bags are exempt.
They don't bother mentioning the bags, because they know that the people who have them already know that they are exempt.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Omigod, YES, so worth it. I live in Atlanta. 'Nuff said!
Delta gave us TSA PreCheck and we were fine leaving Jacksonville, but when we were changing planes in Atlanta, there was no TSA PreCheck line. In fact, the TSA agent mocked anyone who mentioned a PreCheck line.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:48 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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If you were connecting in ATL, Why would you even leave the Secure Zone?

There is a Pre-Check line in ATL, Its at the Side Security Check Points. And as side entry off the main Check point.
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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Delta gave us TSA PreCheck and we were fine leaving Jacksonville, but when we were changing planes in Atlanta, there was no TSA PreCheck line. In fact, the TSA agent mocked anyone who mentioned a PreCheck line.
Your post doesn't make sense. If you were just changing planes in Atlanta, there's no need to go through security.

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Old 02-01-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I wouldn't pay for pre-check. This is so because I generally don't wait in line long anyway (and I travel fairly frequently, including internationally) and because I've seen the pre-check lines far too often be used to accommodate all travelers, which was infuriating for me, even as one who didn't have pre-check access. Having written all of that, though, I do have pre-check privileges via my employment, so will utilize it because its "free." For no other reason, though.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:49 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Thumbs up Global entry (includes Pre ✓) was free to me

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I wouldn't pay for pre-check. This is so because I generally don't wait in line long anyway (and I travel fairly frequently, including internationally) and because I've seen the pre-check lines far too often be used to accommodate all travelers, which was infuriating for me, even as one who didn't have pre-check access. Having written all of that, though, I do have pre-check privileges via my employment, so will utilize it because its "free." For no other reason, though.
The utility depends on what airports you use, some are known for their long security delays. I don't know why you'd be infuriated that people are sometimes directed through the "Pre✓" line, it's all security theater in the end.

For international travelers, Global Entry is actually useful. Global Entry gets you Pre ✓, Fast re-entry through US customs, and an additional form of gov't issued photo ID. Some credit cards and some frequent flyer programs will even pay the fee.

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Exactly. In fact as i recall the application itself didn't ask for more information than you would normally put down on a credit or job application. ... The worst thing you have to do is provide your fingerprints which makes sense since biometric data is nearly impossible to forge which really protects your identity.
Fingerprints are easy to forge, the only thing stopping people from using fakes at the Global Entry kiosk are cameras and the guys with guns hanging around the area. And it's not like the US Government has a history of failing to protect background check information from hackers, including fingerprint data.
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