Moving quickly through airports with limited hassle, short security lines and no need to remove your shoes????
Yes, please, sign me up!
How can you obtain this magical life?
TSAPrecheck provides low-risk travelers with an expedited and efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel. What does this mean for you?
- Short lines
- Keep them shoes on
- No need to take liquids out
- Keep that jacket on
Ahhhh – how air travel used to be! TSAPrecheck only applies to your security screening and not customs screening. For expedited customs screening you need Global Entry.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Applicants are screened and receive background checks before they are approved. Once approved, you also become eligible for TSAPrecheck. Global Entry is $20 more than TSAPrecheck but the price difference is worth it because you get access to both programs.
I had been grappling with the idea of signing up for Global Entry and TSAPrecheck for a few months now, not because I was not sold on the idea right away – it was because I was trying to decide whether to do it for my children too. I didn’t want to make multiple trips for the interview and needed to make a decision. It seemed like it might be a waste of money for them because they travel but not THAT much… it’s not like they take business trips.
This January I finally decided to bite the bullet and apply for myself and my two girls.
It was easy to apply. We applied on a Thursday and had an interview scheduled the next Tuesday. Interview availability can vary but we were pretty lucky and were approved within one week. We had a scheduled spring break trip and were able to use our new status on the trip and man – oh man…
We literally spent half an hour less on each line – no wait – at all. That was enough for me. But if you are a parent that has ever had to balance a kid while trying to remove your shoes to go through security… well this is for you. You don’t have to worry about whether your liquids are all stored in one bag. So there is less stress packing beforehand and less stress at the airport. And if I do say so – the TSA and Customs agents were just all around nicer to me and I think it is because we were “known travelers” and therefore easy subjects. They were wonderfully helpful!
Less Stress… Beautiful words for people traveling with children.
Get you some expedited travel!!!! You will thank me later.
Have any questions about the program – please ask me below!
Dedicated to Nneka M. Fritz… my travel angel guru Spec…