Is TSA PreCheck Worth It?

Few things are as easy on the eyes as the following two magical words printed on your boarding pass: “TSA PreCheck.” The phrase means a smoother, and oftentimes faster, security procedure, which is usually one of the most painful airport experiences (besides buying the most expensive bottled water you’ve ever seen).

However, time is money, after all, and the option to save time doesn’t come for free. So, is it worth getting TSA PreCheck? Let’s find out.

What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is a Trusted Traveler program that allows you to go through a dedicated security line at more than 200 U.S. airports. When going through this line, you can keep the following items in your carry-on bag or on your person:

The Transportation Security Administration, which runs the program, estimates that 95% of TSA PreCheck passengers wait less than five minutes in the security line.

Now that travelers are returning to the skies after pandemic lockdowns, TSA lines are getting longer, and many…

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This article was written by Anya Kartashova and originally published on