I was recently invited to sit down with a local news outlet to discuss TSA’s Pre âœ“â„¢Â program from the perspective of a frequent flyerÂ who hadn’t signed up, and questions its utility as the program stands today. To be clear, I do notÂ see the program as a threat to security.Â Instead, the program’s benefits simply aren’t compelling enough for me to part withÂ $85 and take the time to be interviewed and fingerprinted.
$85 isn’t unreasonable, and there is even an interview site here in my Kansas City suburb. The idea of fingerprinting and background checks don’tÂ bother me either since I’ve been through both as a basis for employment.
Instead, the “gotcha” for me is the fact that while having never signed up for TSA Preâœ“â„¢ I have experienced it first-hand many, many times, and I’m just not convinced on its utility to me as a semi-frequent traveler. But why? It comes down to what I like to call the “TSA Preâœ“â„¢ dilemma.”