On my way home from #atl today I got picked for the new #tsa #expedited traveller program. I had signed up a while back but never heard anything.
In short, the experience was fantastic.
The T gate checkpoint in atl now has 3 lanes. One for non-medallion members, a regular medallion lane and an expedited lane. Pre-screeners segregate folks as they walk up. The medallion side has a second screener who scan boarding passes with a handheld device to separate expedited travelers. Mine passed. Prior to security, a TSA agent checks ID and re-scans the boarding pass one more time.
After that security is straightforward. X-ray and bag x-ray. No removing shoes plus laptop and liquids stayed in their bags. No naked body scan.
I was picked for a hand swab but others went straight through. Even with that it was crazy fast. I could seriously get used to this.
Plus no one scribbled their initials uselessly on my boarding pass.