It was supposed to be an easier, faster way to get through airport security. TSA PreCheck. Christopher Elliott explains:
Increasingly, travelers such as [Andy Lundberg] who paid for their membership and submitted to a background check are finding that the fast lanes are actually slower than the non-PreCheck lines. And they’re wondering why they even bothered.
I travel frequently and pay for TSA PreCheck. The PreCheck lines have grown so long that there isn’t much difference anymore.
TSA insists experiences like Edmonds’ and Lundberg’s are the exception rather than the rule. Virtually all passengers wait less than 30 minutes in standard checkpoint lines, and 99.6% of TSA PreCheck members waited less than 10 minutes in line, according to the agency. In other words, the fast lane is almost always faster.
Uh huh. Sure it is. Somebody somewhere has a spreadsheet that says that but all it takes is a look at the lines in major airports to tell you something is wrong.