Love TSA PreCheck? Hate the line? Make sure you know this one trick.
It’s almost New Years, meaning the chaos of travel is either about to start back up (for business travelers) or about to end (for holiday vacationers). But for everyone traveling during any busy season, there’s always one thing that bites – going through security.
If you have TSA PreCheck, you know it’s the best thing to happen to airport security ever. But, because of PreCheck’s popularity, sometimes the dedicated line can be HUGE! Sometimes the PreCheck lines can even be longer than the normal lines!
Fortunately, if you have any status with the airline you’re flying, you’ll also see a line for First Class passengers (to which having airline status will usually grant you access), even if you’re not flying in First Class.
But – which line should you go through? First class will most likely be shorter, but PreCheck will obviously be easier because PreCheck.
The right answer: Go through the First Class security line (again, even if you aren’t flying in First Class).
If you have TSA PreCheck, you can usually just go through the First Class or status lines, and the kind TSA human will shuffle you over to the PreCheck line.
I’ve done this countless times now at half a dozen airports over the years since PreCheck was implemented, and it’s worked without fail. If you have PreCheck and you have status, always go through the First Class or status security line.
Update: This PreCheck trick didn’t work for one user (see comments) at Newark. But in my experience, I’ve never had an issue at a multitude of airports. Happy hunting!
Another update: I got word that it doesn’t work at Orlando on the gates 70-129 side as recently as last week. I have used this trick there before, but this was some time ago and not on the part of the airport.