One could compare it to receiving the ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card in Monopoly, but the new TSA Precheck doesn’t come free.
The expedited screening has already been rolled out at two airlines and nine airports. Passengers with precheck approval will walk through security with shoes and metal accessories on, laptops and liquids inside their carry-on bags, and are scanned by a metal detector rather than a full-body scan. The $100 fee covers a one time application that clears the passenger for all future flights.
To qualify, frequent fliers must meet undisclosed TSA criteria and get invited in by the airlines. There is also a backdoor in. Approved travelers who are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s “Global Entry” program can transfer into Precheck using their Global Entry number.