TSA Precheck at IAD

Old Jan 23, 20, 4:53 pm
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TSA Precheck at IAD

The precheck line can sometimes get pretty long at IAD. And I don't recall seeing a separate precheck line (or separate entrance) for passengers flying in F or otherwise having premier access. Am I right about that? Is there a better approach (short of getting Clear), such as going to the non-precheck security, where as I recall there is a separate line/entrance for F passengers?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 5:28 pm
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No separate line at IAD for premium passengers. Everyone drops in the same line unless you have CLEAR. With clear and TSA Pre, you will drop in the existing upper level line, if just CLEAR without Pre, you will have to go downstairs.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 6:09 pm
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I've ended up ducking out of the pre check lane and used the regular lane at IAD because it was far far shorter more than a couple of times. I was often flying out around 7:00 pm and pre check seemed stuffed with people boarding international departures just from snooping at boarding passes.

Once the regular lane security guy tried to get me to go back to pre check. I refused.

But yeah, IAD pre check can be a mess.

EWR pre check is even worse though.

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Old Jan 23, 20, 7:25 pm
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Pre-Check processes an average of 6-7 passengers for every passenger in the standard line. Unless the Pre-Check line is 6-7 times longer than the regular line, the fact that it is somewhat longer is irrelevant as it is time, not number of people that matters.

There is no separate priority Pre-Check as Pre-Check itself amounts to a priority.
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Get CLEAR, problem solved.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 7:39 pm
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Get CLEAR, problem solved.
From the OP:
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(short of getting Clear)
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Old Jan 23, 20, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Chamor View Post
The precheck line can sometimes get pretty long at IAD. And I don't recall seeing a separate precheck line (or separate entrance) for passengers flying in F or otherwise having premier access. Am I right about that? Is there a better approach (short of getting Clear), such as going to the non-precheck security, where as I recall there is a separate line/entrance for F passengers?
There is no F or separate Premier Access line for TSA at IAD.

I have not seen a separate F and/or Premier Access TSA line at any of the US airports I have been to. Has anyone seen it?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
There is no F or separate Premier Access line for TSA at IAD.

I have not seen a separate F and/or Premier Access TSA line at any of the US airports I have been to. Has anyone seen it?
you mean a separate pre line just for F/premier access. No, Iíve never seen it, and donít think it exists.

but what do I know, Iím just based at CVG, where a line of 10 people at pre is pretty busy.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by flyingmike View Post
I've ended up ducking out of the pre check lane and used the regular lane at IAD because it was far far shorter more than a couple of times. I was often flying out around 7:00 pm and pre check seemed stuffed with people boarding international departures just from snooping at boarding passes.
What day of the week? I routinely flew out of IAD on Fridays and it was a ghost town after 5 o'clock. In all my IAD flying I've never faced any significant wait at security.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 8:57 pm
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What day of the week? I routinely flew out of IAD on Fridays and it was a ghost town after 5 o'clock. In all my IAD flying I've never faced any significant wait at security.
Lucky you. I've never had that experience before evening flights out of Dulles on Thursdays and Fridays. Here's a pic I took from a Thursday in August of the Precheck line at around 5. They've since moved the Clear folks which makes it a little better. But I certainly have not found Dulles a ghost town on Friday evenings.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 8:58 pm
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Clear + Precheck! Match made in heaven.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 8:59 pm
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What day of the week? I routinely flew out of IAD on Fridays and it was a ghost town after 5 o'clock. In all my IAD flying I've never faced any significant wait at security.
That is my experience also. In addition, even when it is long it moves fast and usually faster than the regular line.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
There is no F or separate Premier Access line for TSA at IAD.

I have not seen a separate F and/or Premier Access TSA line at any of the US airports I have been to. Has anyone seen it?
There used to be a premier access line for regular TSA screening at the East security checkpoint (at least as of October 2018 - have not been there since). That could have changed when they re arranged Clear recently though.
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
There is no F or separate Premier Access line for TSA at IAD.

I have not seen a separate F and/or Premier Access TSA line at any of the US airports I have been to. Has anyone seen it?
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
There is no F or separate Premier Access line for TSA at IAD.

I have not seen a separate F and/or Premier Access TSA line at any of the US airports I have been to. Has anyone seen it?
International (T5) at ORD used to have one. However I haven't gone through security there since the air-side busing began so I don't know the current state of it.
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