Using TSA Pre Check

Monday, February 22, 2016


Last week was my first time using my new "TSA Pre Check" status.

In order to register for the card I had to go to a government building downtown, which was a very big deal for me because I typically avoid any buildings like that. Imagine your DMV then multiply it by 100, that's what it's like going to government places in Chicago. I've fought speeding tickets and waited in line to buy parking passes for hours.... days even.

But the TSA Pre Check was worth it. (And in reality it took five minutes once I got there. So whatever.)

Chris however, missed his TSA appointment so he wasn't going to be able to breeze through security with me. So like the good fiance I am, I politely told him several times before we flew out last Wednesday that I would be leaving him in security.

"I'm sorry, but I paid for this. I went to a government building and everything. So I have to use it, okay?"

He didn't care since he's not nearly as airport crazy as I am. He doesn't go nuts about choosing the "right line", or fret about walking in his socks on the dirty airport floor, or believe every TSA agent is secretly conspiring against him to make him late. Like I said, he's normal.

So last Wednesday we got to the airport and it was moderately busy, I looked at my boarding pass no less than 10 times to see the magical "TSA Pre Check" written on it, and as we walked toward security when I started smugly telling Chris good-bye,  I noticed the line.

I noticed that the line for Pre Check was longer than the regular line.

And just like that the song from Curb Your Enthusiasm started playing in my head, as it always does when I feel like I'm Larry David. Chris started laughing and walked away as I stood dumbfounded with my stupid Pre Check boarding pass in hand, ready to "fly through security."

My life, ladies and gentlemen.

Anyway, I wanted to write a really solid post today since I missed a few days last week. Clearly, I did that! You're welcome.

Truthfully, I woke up feeling like someone punched me in the throat. I love that first sign of a sore throat, it's like your body is saying, "get ready, I'm about to dump some real nasty shit on you." Yay.

And I may have to drive 400 miles today because of a little t-shirt emergency. I'll go into more detail later. Or maybe I won't, I don't want to ruin the magic of the t-shirt industry for you. It'd be like seeing Goofy take off his head at Disney World. I just don't think you could handle it.

Don't worry, I'll be back with 100 new posts this week sure to change your life.

15 comments:

  1. OMG ZICAM! Take all the Zicam (or in my case, Wal-cam .. Zinc citrus drops .. they're like 75% cheaper and taste even better than Zicam) .. I SWEAR it works. DO IT DO IT NOWWW.

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  2. Last time I had PreCheck, there were like 4 people in the normal line, and at least 75 people in pre-check, but obviously I forced my friend to do a test and go in the normal line. I still beat her WHAT WHATTTTT precheck fo lyfe

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  3. Omg. My husband has TSA PreCheck since he travels a lot for work, but I do not. Every single time we get to airport security, he ditches me like he doesn't even know me. It's all over once he sees the PreCheck line. Wife, who? Makes. Me. Crazy.

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  4. Gah, that's a real kick in the pants! I hope things start to look up :)

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  5. I met your beau on the gondola this weekend! Hope you had a good time!

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  6. I am going to go ahead and just PROMISE you that that the TSA pre-check will be more than worth it one day. The number of times that we have bypassed HUGE lines are getting hard to count. It just takes the one time for you to think "this was totally worth it!". So, I guess the moral of my story is to travel more until it feels worth the government building?

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  7. so funny, Sarah just got TSA pre check too! I think I'm convinced i need it now that you both have it. WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY?! I'm worried!

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  8. Even if you had to wait longer to get through the TSA pre-check line, at least you didn't have to bother with things like taking your shoes off and taking your computer out of your bag!

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  9. I feel like if anything, Thanksgiving and Christmas travel would make having pre-check status worth it. Right? Also, I hope you're not getting sick! A sore throat is usually the kiss of death for me, as was this weekend when it turned into Bronchitis and me losing my voice AND a chance to enjoy the first beautiful day in Chicago this year :(

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  10. I never knew that TSA Pre-Check was even a thing! Weird. I may have to look into it for our trip to Florida in a couple of weeks.

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  11. Ok. So I must know. Did he get through before you? I'd have been so upset!

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  12. I've heard a lot about the Pre Check. Good things mostly, it really does save a lot of time. Drink lots of tea and take some oil of oregano! It's flu season still and everyone is getting that throat burning the the fire of a thousand suns-feeling.

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  13. pre tsa is a game changer. Never take off shoes again. (Actually scratch that, I have a tendency to wear shoes w metal in them sometimes.) and no need to be at the airport a million hours early, you just cruise right through. But sounds like your personality still has you there way early! So maybe tsa pre won't be a game changer for you😂😂! But for a slacker like me, it's money.

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