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TSA opened a local office

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe, Jun 12, 2014.

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  1. Joe

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    Woo Hoo, the TSA opened an office 30 miles from my house. We both applied on line for TSA pre-check. My wife's appointment for fingerprints etc is next Wed and mine isn't until July 3rd.

    I've held off doing this because the last I checked the only office near us was 100+ miles away in Chicago. I went back to try and change my appointment date and it says they are booked for the next 45 days. $85 for 5 years.

    As they are opening all these offices, aren't we going to get to the point where the pre-check line will be just as long as the regular? But at least I'll get to keep my shoes on and keep all my stuff in my pockets.
     
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    I guess I dont see the point of pre-check if your airport isn't super busy. So you get through security 5-10 min faster just to sit at the gate? Even returning in vegas i rarely take spend more than 10 min in line, often only 5. Plus $85 for what, I wouldn't pay the govt a dime.
     
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    Yeah, it's $85 to let you go through security the way everyone should be going through security in the first place, before the ridiculous knee-jerk and useless reactionary policies of taking off your shoes, belt, and 3-1-1 "freedom" baggie took effect. Nice little way to raise money, enact useless security measures and then charge people if they want to avoid dealing with those measures.

    By the way, some credit cards will reimburse the fee. AMEX Platinum does and when it was announced they said some other cards geared towards travelers would follow suit.

    Also, it may not be a good idea to post this little tip but its posted enough on flyertalk anyway - you can easily use the first class/elite security lines even if you aren't supposed to. The people working the lines are bumpkins and you can flash anything especially if you look halfway respectable. Recently I've been flashing my PriorityPass airport lounge card I get with my AMEX, but I don't even think it is necessary to show anything. People on flyertalk have mentioned just showing a credit card and saying it gives them priority access, or flashing an elite status card for some random airline and telling them its on the same network. Basically, its not something the line agents are really trained for or care about.
     
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    For me it is a very big deal to not have to take off my shoes, belt, empty my pockets, including my Vegas money. $85 for 5 years is well worth it for me.
     
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    It has already gotten to that point. I am hearing many people complain that the pre check lines are longer than the regular ones. Plus, they only have pre check at certain check points, that may cause you to have to walk twice as far. A co worker of mine has one. He used it when it first came out, but rarely does now.
     
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    I agree, it's a time saver plus I hate having to "dress" again after security. Plus pre-check always seems to use the old detection devices vs. the new fangled x-ray devices which gives off a small dose of radiation. :thumbsdown:
     
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    It was printed on our boarding passes in March. We didnt apply or pay for anything. The only thing I can think of is that we have United Air Visas?
     
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    Went to the office today. My wife had an appointment and I signed up as a walk-in. We were both out of there in 20 minutes. I pre-filled both of our applications on-line. We each paid the $85, verified the on-line info and they did fingerprint scans, no ink.
     
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    Got our letters yesterday. We are good until June 2019.:thumbsup:
     
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    Good for you Joe! I made the drive from Orlando to Tampa. It is the closest office and well worth it!
    Plus I stopped in The Tampa Hard Rock Casino for some lunch and I spent a few hours on the slots!
     
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