Is TSA Pre-Check Worth it?

TSA Pre Check Worth It
First off, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is TSA pre-check?

TSA pre-check is a pre-screening security program where, for $85, you are pre-screened at a one-time interview by the TSA and then, anytime you fly, you are allowed to enter security through the TSA pre-check line, which enables you to speed through security without being required to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belt, or jacket.

In short, is TSA pre-check worth it?  Yes, it is 100% worth it!

TSA pre-check = $85 + online application + one time in-person interview = pre-check approval for 5 years.

I actually went one step further and opted for Global Entry, which is where you pay $100 for TSA pre-check plus 5 years of being able to skip the immigration lines when re-entering the U.S. from foreign countries.  If you travel internationally, Global Entry is a no-brainer.

Ok, so are the benefits really worth the price?  ABSOLUTELY.  I’ve had Global Entry/TSA pre-check for a while now, and I’m still amazed at how convenient it is every time I fly!


  • Way shorter security lines.
  • Even if the security line is long, it moves at lightening speed (no one is taking off their shoes, belt, coat etc.).
  • You don’t have to remove your shoes, belt, coat, or laptop – admittedly, I didn’t think this would be that big of a deal, but y’all, it’s a total game changer.
  • And lastly, it makes part of the travel process SO much less stressful.

I’ve always been a proponent of getting to the airport exactly one hour before the flight time.  I don’t understand the need to arrive several hours early just to sit around.  Even with the recent, extended security wait times, if you have pre-check, you should be completely fine arriving an hour before your flight.

How It Works

  1. Apply online here.  It’s a 15 minute process.  Pay your $85 fee and schedule an appointment for the interview.  There are tons of locations to interview!
  2. Background check interview.  The interview will last 10 minutes and includes finger printing at the end.  Don’t be freaked out, the interview is a cake walk.
  3. Add your Known Traveler Number to any existing reservations and enjoy the perks! (KTN – the number you receive that identifies you as approved for TSA Pre-Check)

As you probably could’ve already guessed, I highly recommend obtaining TSA Pre-Check!  Let me know if you have any questions at all about the process or how it works!  Happy to answer!

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  1. Monica wrote:

    So, so worth it!! And great point about how Global Entry is only $15 more…I feel like that’s often overlooked!

    Posted 7.26.16
    • Ashlee wrote:

      So worth the extra $15!

      Posted 7.27.16
  2. Tanvi wrote:

    I agree with you completely. It is totally work it.

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    Posted 7.26.16
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Right?! When I got it, I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

      Posted 7.27.16

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