I thought TSA Pre✓ was a waste of money until I got randomly selected for it. In all honesty, it felt like winning the lottery.
I had just read a news story about long lines at TSA checkpoints - often times two hours long at Sea-Tac, where I happened to be flying.
But not for me... my wait time was about 10 minutes, thanks to a little random TSA love! It literally couldn't have come at a better time.
The woman at the United counter said that sometimes you just get randomly selected.
If you actually pay for TSA Pre✓ it means you're a low-risk traveler. (Granted, how did they know with me since they randomly selected me?! I may or may not have taken a few extra bottles of Aveda conditioner the hotel provided me...)
In the very basic terms it means you go through a special line, you leave your shoes and jacket on and you don't have to take out your laptop... I mean, it's pretty sweet.
It likely shaved off at least an hour of my wait time.
For $85, you get the luxury of feeling like a rockstar at the airport for five years. You do have to apply for the process.
If you live in Madison, you can go to the airport for a TSA Pre Check event now through March 25. Pre-enroll now! My husband and I will see you there!