Plenty of travelers around the country are in for a surprise, if they don’t check the expiration date on their PreCheck or Global Entry memberships. Continue reading Love TSA PreCheck and Global Entry? Check Your Expiration Date
Global Entry is by far one of the best investments in anything I’ve ever made. I travel internationally at least six times a year, often more, and customs in my home airport of San Francisco can sometimes take hours. My very first trip with Global Entry was on a return trip from Italy where I made it through a full hour and a half before my boyfriend did who was on the same flight and entered the customs area by my side.
Delivering better security at a lower cost might be achieved by merging two of the “trusted traveler” programs that have become so popular with airline passengers, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said this week.
While this might sound like a fantasy, there is a way to get through an airport with minimal waiting. For $100, Global Entry allows you to skip security lines, avoid taking off your shoes and pulling out your liquids and laptops, and get to your gate quickly — and it’s good for five years.
WHAT IS TSA PRE-CHECK?
In response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, the US government created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop policies to help secure nationwide transportation systems, including airports, highways, railroads, buses, and mass transit systems.
Navigating airport security lines is a hassle, for most. Among the exceptions: passengers with TSA PreCheck stamped on their boarding pass.
They don’t take off their shoes, they don’t take out their laptops and they often clear security in just a few minutes. And now, there are a lot more of them.
In the past three months the number of applications for TSA PreCheck has more than doubled. Almost 16,000 people a day are now applying for PreCheck. That’s a huge increase from less than 7,000 a day in March.
Airport security lines have been especially nightmarish lately, and there are a handful of factors to blame: more people flying, new screening procedures, and the TSA is seriously understaffed. It’ll be tough to avoid longer than usual wait times at airports this summer, but a little planning will help you to at least navigate security as fast as possible.
Hours-long wait times are a problem that isn’t likely to go away any time soon.