Nice job making the team. So glad to hear that you survived the TSA zoo at Newark and made your flight on time. Our wait in terminal A was bad, but not nearly as long as yours.
Also hurts that I didn't notice I had TSA precheck until it was too late, haven't had it since Europe.
At the gates where I had to go through, the TSA pre wasn't much help - you had to wait in the same line as everyone else. After you got through the long line to get ID checked, they gave you a laminated card, so you didn't have to take your shoes off at the X-ray machine. But that didn't really save any time at that point. I heard several people complaining - they had a shorter line for United's first class passengers but nothing separate for TSA pre.
More people need to complain, if pre-check doesn’t save them time. And not just to TSA and the airline, but to airport officials and Congress-critters.
@guyO - I noticed on United's airport map, they showed a TSA pre logo at several of the security checkpoints but not the particular one I had to go through there. Space there seemed very limited, the entire checkpoint was set up in a not very wide corridor. I suspect that there simply isn't space available to expand that particular checkpoint and add an additional lane. But, perhaps the TSA pre customers could at least be put on an equal footing with United's (whatever-they-call-their-membership) club.
EWR's Terminal A has an old fashioned satellite configuration -- all gates are at hub-like areas connected to the main terminal by long corridors, with no gates along them. When security checkpoints were added, they were placed at the beginning of each corridor, making for multiple secure areas within the terminal, and no way to move between satellites without leaving and reentering the secure areas (with the exception of some kind of gate-to-gate transport). Terminal C has a common corridor within the secure area, so one can move between all gates without exiting.