Think about this scenario: a couple arrives at the airport. One of them has TSA Precheck, the other does not. If they’re lucky, the one who hasn’t paid for Pre-Check gets the status for this flight anyway because of their partner’s status (it happens all the time. There was a bill to stop the practice back in 2018 – the House passed it in 2018 but the Senate let it die in 2019). But that”s not always the case. And then what do you do?
In a situation like this, there are really only 2 choices:
- Go their separate ways, with a parting, “see you on the other side”
- Stay together and both go on the regular line
The reasoning behind whatever decision they make is as varied as the personalities of each couple. But it’s an interesting topic. Interesting enough for a writer at Slate to interview several couples with such “mixed-Precheck-status relationships” to see, not only what they do, but why.
It’s admittedly a small decision but there’s so much that goes into it. From Slate: “…a test of loyalty, a spotlight on income or lifestyle differences, or a reminder that, in a relationship, one party’s personal choices almost always affect the other. A long-awaited getaway can easily turn fraught when it begins with this minor dilemma: Should a Precheck member take their rightful place among the elite in the shorter security line, even if it means leaving their spouse behind?”
When Joe and I got our Global Entry status 6 years ago, which included TSA Precheck, we did it at the same time. So we’ve always both had the status. But in talking about it, if Joe had PreCheck and I didn’t, he says he would go with me. If I had it and he didn’t, I’d meet him on the other side. BUT…he’s more of a gentleman than I am 😉 and I am independent to a fault (it’s a “very short person” thing). Plus he hates to wait and I love to people watch, so whichever of us got to “the other side” first would be miserable or in her glory, depending on who it was.
Joe also said that if he had a bunch of crap in his bag that would be a pain to unpack, then he’s going through Precheck without me.
So as you can see, it’s really a situation of Your Mileage May Vary. You do whatever works best for you. Well, and your partner, too. Or maybe OR your partner. Again, YMMV 😉
If you don’t mind sharing, what would YOU do?
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