Can someone provide a quick rundown on Main Cabin Select MCO-LAX

Old Feb 27, 17, 4:58 pm
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Can someone provide a quick rundown on Main Cabin Select MCO-LAX

Havent flown MCS in a while, and I purchased a ticket for my sister.

I have told her that

1. For food service, she can order whatever she wants, whenever she wants

2. Bring a good set of headphones (arent there good quality video monitors?)

3. Free alcohol (?)

4. Earlier boarding group
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Old Feb 27, 17, 8:26 pm
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  1. Yes, most items are free, but order early and often. The popular BoB items often sell out on longer flights.
  2. The VX headphones are fine, but it's never a bad idea to bring better ones if you have them.
  3. Yes.
  4. Yes, MCS-only boarding after F.
My personal MCS seat preference are the exit rows over the bulkhead. Seats are a tad wider and are closer to the galley (faster delivery) and the lav.
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Old Feb 28, 17, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by dayone View Post
  1. Yes, most items are free, but order early and often. The popular BoB items often sell out on longer flights.
  2. The VX headphones are fine, but it's never a bad idea to bring better ones if you have them.
  3. Yes.
  4. Yes, MCS-only boarding after F.
My personal MCS seat preference are the exit rows over the bulkhead. Seats are a tad wider and are closer to the galley (faster delivery) and the lav.
thanks much!

Also, does one get access to "premier" security lines at MCO when in MCS?

I have Elevate Gold, which gets me access regardless of service class.

My sister has no status, but will be on MCS. I told her she would be able to use the shorter security line
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Old Mar 1, 17, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by caseminole View Post
Also, does one get access to "premier" security lines at MCO when in MCS?

I have Elevate Gold, which gets me access regardless of service class.

My sister has no status, but will be on MCS. I told her she would be able to use the shorter security line
I don't know for sure. My suggestion would be for her to assume that she does and just say "Priority Elite" to the BP checker.
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Old Mar 1, 17, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by dayone View Post
I don't know for sure. My suggestion would be for her to assume that she does and just say "Priority Elite" to the BP checker.
update: She has never flown Virgin America before, therefore holds no status.

However, because she is in MCS, her ticket says TSA PRECHECK

Which is odd, I thought it would be the premier lines , not precheck line

Not complaining though and not asking questions.
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Originally Posted by caseminole View Post
update: She has never flown Virgin America before, therefore holds no status.

However, because she is in MCS, her ticket says TSA PRECHECK

Which is odd, I thought it would be the premier lines , not precheck line

Not complaining though and not asking questions.
TSA Precheck does not come automatically with MCS. It's separate, and determined by TSA. If she has Global Entry (highly recommended) or anything else that gives her a Known Traveler Number, then that's why she's precheck. Otherwise, it's "random" (I have heard that airline status and premier seating are sometimes taken into account -- though it seems beyond silly to assume that a hijacker wouldn't buy an economy plus seat).

Just FYI, premier line check-in/security *does* come with MCS, so your sister should actually have both on her boarding pass (mine always do -- though I'd never take the premier security line over the precheck line).
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Originally Posted by shza View Post
TSA Precheck does not come automatically with MCS. It's separate, and determined by TSA. If she has Global Entry (highly recommended) or anything else that gives her a Known Traveler Number, then that's why she's precheck. Otherwise, it's "random" (I have heard that airline status and premier seating are sometimes taken into account -- though it seems beyond silly to assume that a hijacker wouldn't buy an economy plus seat).

Just FYI, premier line check-in/security *does* come with MCS, so your sister should actually have both on her boarding pass (mine always do -- though I'd never take the premier security line over the precheck line).
i checked the boarding pass only indicates Pre-check.

You're right, it is a bit odd, perhaps its a random blessing for the day.

Thanks for the answers all!
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Old Mar 2, 17, 3:14 pm
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I'd never take the premier security line over the precheck line).
I've done precisely that at DAL during the early morning crush. Priority line was much faster than the lengthy PreCheck line. And I got PreCheck Light.
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If you don't have PreCheck, Orlando can be a nightmare when flying out of gates 1 - 60. I've seen the line up to an hour deep before.

PreCheck line is routinely 15 minutes from start-to-finish, regardless of side.
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Originally Posted by UAPremierExec View Post
If you don't have PreCheck, Orlando can be a nightmare when flying out of gates 1 - 60. I've seen the line up to an hour deep before.

PreCheck line is routinely 15 minutes from start-to-finish, regardless of side.
Orlando is the worlds biggest advertisement for Precheck. Theres a world's biggest advertisement for abortion joke here somewhere but I will refrain from it as to not get too far off topic.
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Old Mar 14, 17, 11:35 am
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Orlando is the worlds biggest advertisement for Precheck. Theres a world's biggest advertisement for abortion joke here somewhere but I will refrain from it as to not get too far off topic.
LOL.

Whats interesting is that MCO also has CLEAR, but those people seem to get queued up in the regular lines, not TSA PreCheck. I'm still trying to understand what CLEAR buys you, since I already did a massive glove-up-butt vetting with Global Entry.
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Old Mar 14, 17, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by UAPremierExec View Post
LOL.

Whats interesting is that MCO also has CLEAR, but those people seem to get queued up in the regular lines, not TSA PreCheck. I'm still trying to understand what CLEAR buys you, since I already did a massive glove-up-butt vetting with Global Entry.
my sister got TSA PRE CHECK w/MCS from MCO to LAX

On the return, she purchased (for $19) , pre-boarding and "priority screening".

for that , she got TSA PRE CHECK LAX to MCO, even though she was not in MCS or F, and she has no status.
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Originally Posted by UAPremierExec View Post
LOL.

Whats interesting is that MCO also has CLEAR, but those people seem to get queued up in the regular lines, not TSA PreCheck. I'm still trying to understand what CLEAR buys you, since I already did a massive glove-up-butt vetting with Global Entry.
I have CLEAR + NEXUS/GE.

Where there is CLEAR and TSA Pre-Check, you should go through CLEAR first and then go immediately to the metal detectors/bag x-rays in the Pre-Check line. You are escorted right by the TSA folks checking ID's and boarding passes.

MCO and DEN are the places where I have seen even Pre-Check lines with scores of people waiting to get through security. That is where CLEAR saves heaps of time and its never taken more than 4-5 minutes to get through.

Where there is CLEAR + no Pre-Check, you get Pre-Check light. Metal detector, keep your shoes one, but pull your laptop out and any liquids.

I signed up for CLEAR in MCO, seeing the chaos/long lines there for everyone.

Not cheap, but no regrets.
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