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Old Jul 5, 19, 5:59 pm
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TSA Pre for elderly folks

Not sure whether this is the right place for this question but recently I took a flight on Southwest from SJC to SAN with my elderly parents. I have Global Entry but my parents do not. My parents also received TSA Pre and my question is whether they got TSA Pre because of their age or because I have Global Entry and they got TSA Pre because of me? Any explanation would be helpful.
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Old Jul 5, 19, 6:24 pm
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Random inclusion.
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Old Jul 5, 19, 6:26 pm
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Lots of old people randomly get TSA precheck on Southwest as they aren't as much of a risk; not because of you
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Old Jul 5, 19, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by dmbolp View Post
Lots of old people randomly get TSA precheck on Southwest as they aren't as much of a risk; not because of you

Yes... this happens often.

If has ZERO to do with others.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:02 am
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Pre is randomly granted to just about anyone with a flying history. But if anyone is over 75 well read it here https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-p...s-75-and-older
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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:46 pm
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I actually do see my wife get TSA pre often when we are on the same reservation number. I am global entry as well. It’s too frequent to be just random. I can almost count on it happening.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
Random inclusion.
Originally Posted by dmbolp View Post
Lots of old people randomly get TSA precheck on Southwest as they aren't as much of a risk; not because of you
I find it difficult to believe that it's merely random. My parents got TSA Pre both ways flying SJC to SAN.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by MacGuruTX View Post
I actually do see my wife get TSA pre often when we are on the same reservation number. I am global entry as well. Itís too frequent to be just random. I can almost count on it happening.
She's old, right?
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Old Jul 6, 19, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by atsiang View Post
I find it difficult to believe that it's merely random. My parents got TSA Pre both ways flying SJC to SAN.
Because they're old
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Old Jul 6, 19, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by atsiang View Post
I find it difficult to believe that it's merely random. My parents got TSA Pre both ways flying SJC to SAN.
Random, with higher probability because of age.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 3:42 pm
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We are old. I have paid for pre-check. My wife gets it 60-70% regardless of whether she is flying with me or not. As she puts it, 'I get the Midwest Gramma exemption, why should I pay for it?' TSA knows how old you are. So far, I don't think we have had any old terrorists.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 7:25 pm
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Iíve gotten PreCheck randomly when I was on the same reservation as my parents (but never when traveling by myself) before I applied and paid the fee.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by atsiang View Post
I find it difficult to believe that it's merely random. My parents got TSA Pre both ways flying SJC to SAN.
Since the program's inception, there have been only 3 ways a passenger can get TSA Precheck - Random, Airline (eliminated), and Enrollment. Since this is not the case of enrollment, random is the only explanation.

FWIW - just because it is "random" does not really mean the chance is really random.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 6:46 am
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I can't imagine DHS would disclose its software is coded for elderly TSA Pre✓. Every 75 year-old would expect it and "random and unpredictable" remain cardinal maxims. I see fewer mobility devices, not more, in Pre✓ lanes in rush hour. But YMMV.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 11:31 pm
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My Mom gets Pre and she has no GE and is 65. My Father and I have GE and get Pre 100 percent of the time. For me I am almost 35 and before the GE I was getting TSA Pre almost 100 percent of the time without paying for it on all airlines. I guess flight history has a lot to do with it. I have Frequent Flier Accounts with all the airlines I fly and I fly often enough to have a good flight history.
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