'Normal' Travelers Are Getting Booted From the TSA PreCheck Lines
If you've ever been lucky enough to get passed into the TSA PreCheck line without being a paying member, remember them fondly—those days are coming to an end. The TSA has recently announced that the PreCheck security lines will only be accessible to travelers who pay the $85 for the convenient line access. Up until now, the TSA has been filtering "low-risk" travelers into these lines (a move they've called "Managed Inclusion") to better balance wait time among all lines.
This is good news for those who are already all signed up for the program—no more inexperienced travelers clogging up the PreCheck line, which was the program's real appeal all along. There's no official timeline on when this program update will go into effect, but Skift reports that travelers will begin to notice a difference as early as this week.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.