We’d been wanting TSA Pre for a while. Where $85 once seemed like too much to pay for the privilege of keeping our shoes on and slightly shorter lines at security, with both of us traveling more and our incomes being higher, it now seems worth it. What wasn’t worth it was trying to get an appointment. When we were in paradise, there was an office close to us, but appointments were booked 3 months in advance, so we didn’t do it. Where we live now, we’d have to drive into the city (1h 45 min) to get an appointment which seemed pretty ridiculous.
It turns out that most big airports have TSA-Pre walk-in sign-ups. Last year we didn’t have our passports when we had some time to kill at a large midwestern airport. This year, we brought our passports just in case. As predicted, FIL got us to the airport a few hours early. There was no line at the TSA-Pre sign-up place. DH and I each signed up and got our fingerprints taken (now using scanning technology– no ink!). It literally took 10 min each. A week later we each got a letter telling us we’d been approved and giving us our confirmation numbers. Now we just need to enter them into our existing travel plans and put them in for any new travel plans and we’re set for the next 5 years.
Children under 13 (maybe 12?) don’t need their own TSA-Pre because they’re included with the parents. So we didn’t get them their own. (We will probably get it for DC2 in a couple years. Probably at the same airport.)
Do you have TSA-Pre? Was it a hassle or super easy?