I had previously written about my interview process for Global Entry in Houston and how overly excited I was about finally getting it.
Well if you are having doubts about whether to spend $100 for GE which last for 5 yrs and which automatically enrolls you in TSA Precheck then here is a story for you:
I was flying out of St. Louis this past Sunday and the security line was ridiculous. Had I waited in that line, I would have had to wait at least 30 to 45 min. I did arrive 2 hours earlier than my departure time but that was beside the point. Who wants to wait in line that long. Luckily with my TSA Precheck on my boarding pass, I was able to get in the Precheck line and there was literally no one there. It took me all but 5 minutes to go through.
I then went to check the monitors to see about my flight and it was delayed 45 minutes. Luckily there was a flight that was leaving in the next 10 minutes back to Houston. i went up to the gate agent (I was flying Southwest by the way) and asked if I could get on the earlier flight.
This must have been my lucky day because there was only one seat left and I was able to board the plane. Had I not had Precheck, I would have had to wait in line and get home close to midnight, an hour later that originally scheduled.