OK, I’m kidding. As grateful as I am for the work TSA officers do, it’s hard to imagine—and some studies have shown—that security checkpoints provide much more than an illusion of safety. Lines are getting longer, flights are being missed, and passengers are losing patience. With the summer travel season just beginning, it doesn’t look promising for those of us planning to fly the friendly skies.
One of the (many) reasons cited for the long airline security lines is that fewer people than anticipated have applied for the government’s Trusted Traveler programs. PreCheck allows members to move through security faster and Global Entry can expedite the customs process.
Last month, my husband and I applied for our Global Entry enrollment and soon we will have our appointment with the Department of Homeland Security for our final approval. If all goes well, we will receive authorization to take advantage of these two programs.
If you are a U.S. citizen and travel regularly or plan to travel, you might want to look into these Trusted Traveler programs too:
- PreCheck gives you expedited screening at participating U.S. airports. You can pre-enroll and pay the application fee online, then visit an enrollment center for verification and fingerprinting.
- Global Entry, for international travelers, provides expedited processing through Customs and Border Protection. As with PreCheck, applications and fee payments are done online. After a background check is completed, you will be asked to come in for an interview, verification and fingerprinting. Your Global Entry enrollment includes PreCheck benefits.
You can find more about these programs at https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs.
With travel in our future, I am so grateful for these programs. Although airline travel isn’t what it used to be and long lines are apparently the new normal, PreCheck and Global Entry will help make the process a little easier… I hope.