TSA Pre✓™ has recently undergone some positive changes. Due to complaints regarding slow lines, not enough personnel coverage, and too many non-Pre✓ members using the Pre✓ lanes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reduced the number of non-Pre✓ passengers using those lanes by 25%.
However, this doesn’t mean it is smooth sailing for TSA Pre✓ members. In 2014, Congress reduced funding for TSA by $530 million and the agency had to cut 3,500 screening positions. TSA’s reduction in personnel leaves TSA employees covering both the Pre✓ and the regular lines. This also allows for low risk travelers to go through the TSA Pre✓ lanes for faster screening.
Travelers may not like this, but TSA hopes the experience will encourage non-members to apply for the expedited service. In fact, TSA is hiring a private contractor to recruit people into the trusted-traveler status. In 2015, a marketing campaign will begin to recruit members and TSA will offer onsite sign-ups at business locations.
Currently 598,184 people are enrolled in PreCheck and more than 1.3 million through Global Entry. With the new campaign, TSA could sign up some 10 million people. In theory, more people, more money, more personnel, means faster screening. I least I hope so.