Long Pre-check Lines in Atlanta

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Old Mar 4, 14, 8:16 am
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Long Pre-check Lines in Atlanta

Flying out this morning from Atlanta. The pre-check line was very long. I understand Tuesdays in Atlanta can get that way.
Once I was close in line , I noticed passengers also entering the que from the other side. Question is, is there another pre-check entry point in Atlanta other than the one from the south terminal?
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Old Mar 4, 14, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by MikenFla View Post
Flying out this morning from Atlanta. The pre-check line was very long. I understand Tuesdays in Atlanta can get that way.
Once I was close in line , I noticed passengers also entering the que from the other side. Question is, is there another pre-check entry point in Atlanta other than the one from the south terminal?
Thanks.
Not that I'm aware of.

Yes, pre-check can get insanely long on both Monday and Tuesday. The only saving grace is that the normal PAX lines look like the evacuation line from Vietnam in 1975, so you are still better off.

My tricks for surviving Atlanta on business travel:

1) Fly out the night before whenever possible. (no line, more relaxed. Wake up closer to your client and refreshed.)

2) If you can't do # 1, drive to the International Concourse and go through security there. There is no pre-check on that side, but there is NEVER a line so you blow right through. The downside is that the parking over there is park & ride (extra 10 min). The upside is you are always in an enclosed garage with plenty of room.
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pre-check line at JFK gets combined with family with small kids line
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Originally Posted by ellis01 View Post
2) If you can't do # 1, drive to the International Concourse and go through security there.
If you are originating in Atlanta, and end up having to check a bag on the way back, you end up in the very undesirable situation of having to claim your bag on the opposite side of the airport from your car though. The result is having to take the shuttle from the Domestic terminal's ground transportation to the curb at the International Terminal, then catch the other shuttle to the park and ride garage.
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Same type thing happened at DTW recently, if I didn't have boots appropriate for this time of year and a PC with me, I would have headed for a different line.

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TSA lines were reportedly exceptionally bad at MSP a few days ago. Some people said it was worse than they had ever seen.
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TSA lines were reportedly exceptionally bad at MSP a few days ago. Some people said it was worse than they had ever seen.
Flew out of MSP last Thursday AM. Precheck line was around 120 deep - many of the people were clueless. I don't know if they were ushering people there or what - I waited 15-20 minutes to clear. This was worse than my experiences at the main ATL Precheck checkpoint.

As for ATL. The trick is to go to North Checkpoint. There is still a dedicated Precheck line that they don't funnel normal pax into. Only problem is sometimes it isn't open.
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Old Mar 4, 14, 10:01 am
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As for ATL. The trick is to go to North Checkpoint. There is still a dedicated Precheck line that they don't funnel normal pax into. Only problem is sometimes it isn't open.
Agreed. Limited hours at North, but it's a breeze compared to main when it's backed up.

At least main is now open until 9 pm which is much better than the former 700p cutoff.
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Originally Posted by MikenFla View Post
Flying out this morning from Atlanta. The pre-check line was very long. I understand Tuesdays in Atlanta can get that way.
Once I was close in line , I noticed passengers also entering the que from the other side. Question is, is there another pre-check entry point in Atlanta other than the one from the south terminal?
Thanks.
Originally Posted by ellis01 View Post
Not that I'm aware of.

Yes, pre-check can get insanely long on both Monday and Tuesday. The only saving grace is that the normal PAX lines look like the evacuation line from Vietnam in 1975, so you are still better off.

My tricks for surviving Atlanta on business travel:

1) Fly out the night before whenever possible. (no line, more relaxed. Wake up closer to your client and refreshed.)

2) If you can't do # 1, drive to the International Concourse and go through security there. There is no pre-check on that side, but there is NEVER a line so you blow right through. The downside is that the parking over there is park & ride (extra 10 min). The upside is you are always in an enclosed garage with plenty of room.
LOL, so true about the regular lines. Ridiculous!

I second the International Terminal. I use it almost exclusively. NEVER a line.
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Old Mar 4, 14, 11:59 am
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Sitting in B - SC now, just made it through PreCheck. Very Long, longest I've seen yet. They had all lanes open - only 3 open in the regular line. It appears the people coming from the left are those who don't know they have PreCheck and went through the regular line - they are now telling them to head to PC from there.
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