What to Do When Your Travel Partner Doesn’t Have TSA Pre Check

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If you travel regularly and haven’t applied for TSA Pre Check, I mean…what are you even doing with your life? The lines are shorter, you don’t have to take off your shoes or remove your laptop from your bag – it’s basically a throwback to the blissful old days when no one was actually worried about someone hijacking the plane for their own nefarious purposes.

But what if you have done the smart, expedient thing and taken care of your TSA Pre Check, but the person you’re traveling with hasn’t?


Well, first, reevaluate your friendship (or romance).

If you still want to travel with them now and in the future, here’s some further advice – it’s pretty much against the law to try to use the pre check line if you’re not approved. Just something to consider.

There is an exception for children under the age of 12 who are traveling with an enrolled parent or guardian, and exceptions can also be made for travelers 75 or older, though they aren’t technically granted pre check.

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There’s a chance, of course, that the person you’re traveling with could earn the random golden pre check ticket, but that’s kind of a long shot to bank on, don’t you think?

Here’s the bottom line: if you and your companion want to go through security together at the airport, and they don’t have permission to use the pre check line, you’ll have to go back to being one of the regular folks…because they’re not getting into line with you. Even if you ask the desk agent nicely.


Though if you book your tickets together, there is a chance that they will receive pre check just because the two of you are on the same reservation. But you really can’t count on it.

There’s still time to enroll, so check with your travel buds and send them this handy guide to traveling with less fuss and muss – it’s definitely worth it, don’t you think?