Who doesn’t hate standing in line for the TSA screening? Thankfully, you can take advantage of the TSA Precheck and Global Entry services!
What are these services?
Global Entry is a program that you can sign up for (for the round cost of $100), and it will allow you to get through the lines more quickly, keep your belt and shoes on, and keep everything in your bag. Paying for Global Entry makes you eligible for the TSA Precheck service, which basically means that you are pre-screened by the TSA and are not deemed a threat to the safety of those with whom you will be flying.
The beauty of the Global Entry service is that the lines are much shorter. You may have to wait 5 to 10 minutes at most, but you’ll breeze right through the TSA checkpoint without all the hassle normal travelers have to go through. If you travel a lot, it’s definitely worth the $100 every five years!
To apply, you’ll need either a permanent resident card or a valid U.S. passport. To be eligible, you cannot have violated any immigration or customs laws in the past. You’ll need to fill out the form with your employment history and other information, but it’s a fairly simple process.
Once you submit the application, you should receive a reply within a few days. You’ll be asked to visit the Global Entry office at the most convenient location (usually at an international airport), and you’ll have no problem setting up an appointment within a week or two of receiving the email. In the interview, you’ll need your passport/resident card and one other form of ID, along with the printout of your confirmation email. You’ll be asked to confirm your information on the form, take your fingerprints, and snap a photo. Once that’s done, you’ll have your Global Entry/TSA Precheck card!
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