If you’ve been to an airport lately, I’m sure you’re aware that sometimes the wait times to get through security can be crazy. If you’ve ever returned to the U.S. from an international trip, and you don’t already have Global Entry, you’ve probably seen that really nice short line and wished you had the pass to go through!
If you already have Global Entry and/or are familiar with the program, this week’s article probably won’t be helpful – but if you don’t have it or are not familiar, keep reading!
Today I’m going to go ahead and fill you in on the two different types of security pass-through options and help you figure out which one is better for you.
If you’d rather use the Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Tool to pick the best program for you, click here to check it out. There’s a short questionnaire on the left side to help you figure out what’s best for you. Answer the questions with your travel goals over the next 5 years in mind.
Of course, if you’ve been to the airport you know that the TSA pre-check line looks beautiful. People breeze right on through, you don’t have to take out your laptop or remove your shoes and light jackets, and when you’re running late this can be a lifesaver!
TSA pre-check is $85 and is valid for five years. It’s actually a simple process to get enrolled in TSA pre-check. You just go online and fill out the brief application and then you schedule an appointment to do your fingerprints, background check and an ID verification.
Global entry is the one you would want to get if you are planning to do a fair amount of international travel. TSA pre-check for US departures only and your global entry is only $15 more to get all the same benefits, but you also get a much faster processing at the customs and border patrol when arriving in the US from another country.
Rather than standing in line for who knows how long, you whisk through the special short line, use a kiosk to scan your fingerprint, scan your passport, declare any goods you’re bringing into the country, grab your receipt from the machine and hand it to the guard on your way out.
It is so much faster, and if you’re going to go through the process to do TSA pre-check & you’re going to travel internationally in the next five years, it’s totally worth the extra $15.
If you don’t plan on taking any international flights, TSA pre-check is still a fabulous option for cutting down on the time you wait in line at the airport.
If you really enjoy taking off your shoes, jackets, sweatshirts, sunglasses, taking your laptops out, and waiting in a long line, don’t worry about this. However, if you just don’t fly that often and you don’t mind the wait, then it may not be a benefit to you.
But if you’d like to get in that short line and not have to do all of these things to board an aircraft because you’re a moderately normal traveler without any security risks, I would encourage you to apply.
One more handy link for you: Trusted Traveler Programs Comparison Chart
Do you have more questions about your options? Feel free to reach out to Sandy@EasyBreezyCruise.com or call/text to 704-625-6662.