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My family and I travel 1-2 times a year. My husband is usually afforded a TSA Pre-check while my 13-year old daughter and I do not. We have always assumed this is because he had a security clearance through his employer (Lockheed Martin).
During our latest trip DFW/MIA our daughter was granted Pre-check while my husband (now retired) and I were not. She kept her shoes on and her laptop packed while we went through the regular line. What am I missing!? We travel so infrequently that I’m not inclined to pay for the privilege.
You’re not missing anything! TSA PreCheck can be randomly given to you on a one-time basis even if you dont have membership.
And there are some credit cards that will reimburse the PreCheck (or Global Entry) fee, so it doesn’t have to be an out-of-pocket expense.