Destinharbor saidThe problem is the TSA thought a lot of people would opt for the Pre-check and staffed down in that expectation. They're staffing back up and looking at ways to make the pre-check cost and procedure more attractive. Understandable mistake. Being fixed.
^^^^ THIS ^^^^
Classic case of counting chickens before hatching. I enroled in Global Entry when it got introduced, which comes with free TSA PreCheck for this reason. You think these lines are long... Try the passport control lines coming back to the US from internationally. 2 1/2 hours waiting to clear immigration. Global Entry allows for a 35 second entry into the US.
With that being said, I always walk past the 200+ persons in the TSA lines when flying out of Houston's Bush airport, persons without PreCheck. It's always the same story... 200+ people, one lane open, three screeners, and of course, God forbid someone has someone forbidden in a carryon.
My parents always got the PreCheck as part of TSA's "Pilot" programme. I think TSA went about it the wrong way, since it was a randomly selected privilege, and down staffing their facilities in thinking that more people would be on board. The problem is that people whom travel once a year can't justify spending $85 for such a privilege.
Now if you travel internationally, instead of paying $85 for PreCheck alone, add another $15 ($100) and get the Global Entry, which comes with free PreCheck... If in Canada, NEXUS is the same programme, and only costs $50. US Citizens and residents can get NEXUS for the $50 as well, and it comes with the PreCheck for US too, but you have to fly to Canada for the interview. With having both, I'm going to let the Global expire and keep the NEXUS.