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For only $85 TSA is willing to get you through the line at security with a faster system.

For only $85 TSA is willing to get you through the line at security with a faster system.

It’s late and you’ve a flight to catch, but before you can even begin to think about boarding the aircraft, you have to contend with TSA.  The stories are many and the horror is real but there may be a silver lining, or at least a tarnished one.

The TSA announced a new system that would allow people to make it through security with voluntary background checks and another check for $85 (or $100 for Global travel).  The speedy service will allow you to speed through security like a VIP for a 5 year period.

TSA to expand speedier screening — for a fee

USA TODAY, on Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:51 -0700
Under the expansion, Pre-check would resemble Custom and Border Protection’s popular Global Entry program for international travelers. Participants in Global Entry pay a one-time fee of $100 for five years, fill out a travel questionnaire and submit to





TSA Pre-Check options allow faster security exit

Faster Security Check

TSA announces Expansion of Pre-Check airports


Currently there are seven airports and 28 major cities with more than 310,000 participants in the TSA Pre-Check program.  This program allows for faster check-through at security and allows passengers to keep their shoes and belts on as well as allowing their computers to stay in the bag.

Enrollment in the program is voluntary and the procedure expands on access to personal information that is used to verify the traveler.  The expansion will allow for expedited check-in at more major airports.

For a great article with more information check out this link here.


TSA keeps loose change adding up to five figures

Spare some change Buddy?


Spare Change adds to TSA budget

Spare change left behind by travelers  in airport security bins adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of extra money.

So you’re in a hurry to get through airport security and get to your gate for that flight that’s just about to board, so instead of scooping up that change you have in the bin, you leave it behind.  Well, you’re not alone and in some major airports that change adds up to some pretty impressive numbers.

Found Money Windfall for TSA


According to an online article for NBC San Diego, a number of airports saw a five -figure amount left over the course of a year.

  • JFK New York’s International Airport   $46,918.06
  • LAX  California’s International Airport  $19,110.83
  • ATL Georgia’s International Airport  $16,523.83
  • SFO California’s International Airport $ 15,908.02
  • MIA Florida’s International Airport $15,844.83

You might be wondering where the money goes, well it all goes into the operational budget for TSA and is typically used for general maintenance or upkeep.

In this economic crunch time it’s a wonder that anyone would leave any money behind, but if it’s just a few cents it might not be worth your time and effort to collect it.  With this attitude the money left behind will continue to help TSA budgets, but they can’t count on the amount so they will continue to use it as long as we the travelers continue to leave it for them.