It’s not travel like it used to be but the line was shorter after I got the TSA-Pre Check. It was a frustrating experience getting it though so it might be a trade-off. I applied on line and was given several options of where to get fingerprinted. I chose to go to Mishawaka, IN where the folks who are doing this for TSA were housed in a former H&R Block building. They didn’t have a sign so it was very confusing.
There in this old outdoor mall area sat the BMV; surely they will know, right? They said when I asked where the TSA-PreCheck was located that they would like to know and would I come back and tell them if I found it. Walking out of the building I saw one of Mishawaka’s finest and asked him, he got his GPS going and sure enough it was right where my GPS was trying to tell me – the H&R Block building. There at the entrance of the building stood a small sign with an 8 1/2 page that said TSA-Pre.
The saga was not over. They asked if I had received an email stating that my appointment was canceled. No, why would I be here if I had. Their systems were “down” for maintenance. They had only been open for three weeks but that doesn’t matter. I did not get an email because I had made the appointment the night before and they had been down for four days. The explanation I got was, “You know we’re talking about the government here.” Days later I came back as a walk-in and away we went. Three years for $85.00; I must say that as I went through the line at Midway Chicago I thought, “This is nice. Shoes on, belt on, luggage scanned but no line – aaaah. Now the words of Psalm 121 soothe me as they always do,
“The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.”
We’ll see how it goes in New York on the return – until then…