First TSA Pre-Check Experience after Auto-Enrollment!

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  1. Explore
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    Wow. After being mystified for a few moments, I was greatly impressed to be sent through the Pre-Check line at ORD twice last Sunday. According to a fellow traveler, I'd been "auto-enrolled" by AA as an EXP.

    So my question is: if I book a ticket on another carrier and use a non-AA checkpoint equipped with Pre-Check, am I still a candidate for Pre-Check there?
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    Doubtful. I'm guessing based on your post that you are not approved for Global Entry or other programs? If you're approved through AA as an EXP to be a trusted traveler, your eligiblity is linked to your AA account and thus not accessible through other carriers. There are ways to get it on multiple carriers, but not if you were simply enrolled due to AA status.
     
  3. basiface

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    Ha! My first experience was being turned away in MIA last month, lol. I checked my account when I got home and I was still enrolled.....No big deal since SFO doesn't have it anyway. They do have CLEAR now so I might look into that.
     
  4. DestinationDavid
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    SFO added PreCheck on Nov 14, though I did hear they might have temporarily taken it down, though that was contested by others who travel through SFO.
     
  5. Counsellor
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    My first experience with it was Monday morning, 26 November at DFW. No line, leave jacket on, don't need to pull "fluids" bag from carry-on. Went through faster than before TSP!
     
  6. dtc

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    I've been using precheck heavily on AS from PDX. Freakin' awesome. Just like pre-2001 (without the tip jars at security.)

    When I was last at SFO T2 late at night last month, the TSA-contractor there told me that it costs a lot to operate precheck and hence it wasn't available when I was looking to fly. Lots of mixed messages at SFO.
     
  7. flyforawg

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    I wonder if it costs more than a nude-o-scope. :D
     
  8. Mike Reed

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    If you look at your AA profile now you should have a Known Traveler Number, right? If so, that's usable across any other carrier.
     
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    I do not and I've been PreCheck approved for some time.
     
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    Known traveler # comes from DHS via their GOES site for Global Entry and Nexus I thought. Elites added to the PreCheck program by their airline without having GE or Nexus won't get a TT number. Not 100% on this, but will check my coworker's profile since he is only PreCheck via AS elite.
     
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    My impression as well, but I'll admit that PreCheck is not my strong suit in terms of information. I just know I've been approved for awhile and have had no mechanism to use it on any airline but AA and they have not provided me a Known Traveler number.
     
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    David is correct. Mike, if one is enrolled solely for PreCheck for his or her airline, AA does not put a "Known Traveler" ID in the Profile but does put a "Known Passenger" green-colored designator in there. How one can be a airline 'Passenger' but not a 'Traveler' is an interesting wordsmith question, but that's another matter :) and to my understanding the only way I could use PreCheck on another airline would be to see if that airline would let me sign up like AA did (doubtful, since I am not elite with AAnybody else), or sign up through the Feds with one of those programs like Global Entry. (David made a hint in another post that there may be still another way, though I don't know what that would be.)
     
  14. Mike Reed

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    That's interesting - until now, I didn't realize that airline-specific KT programs (or in this case, KP) didn't generate a KTN. That's very good to know.

    That said, if you DO have a KTN (GE/Sentri/Nexus), it will work across ANY airline. More and more credit cards are offering to pay for GE, and IME it's a worthwhile program even if you only travel internationally infrequently.
     
  15. Eloy Fonseca Neto
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    Everywhere I go my pre-check works with the exception for Vegas (LAS)! I don't know why!
     
  16. kansaskeith

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    The drink waitresses in the casinos call the airport and tell them you didn't tip?
     
  17. Eloy Fonseca Neto
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    Lol, no, perhaps The Bell Captain!
     
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    Just had my first domestic flights in the US in a long time and got put through PreCheck for all five! (No PreCheck for international flights, I'm told, even if operating from a terminal with PreCheck at the security point.) I was shocked. Of course, I took my laptop out the first time out of habit, but I got used to it very quickly. A serious time-saver, even over the Priority AAccess security lines.
     
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  19. flyforawg

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    SFO definitely had it as of 11-Dec-2012.
     
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