TSA Pre-Check is a pre-screened traveler program begun in 2011 by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA currently allows only US citizens and permanent residents to apply for a Known Traveler Number (KTN). Currently, 180+ airports and 30 airlines participate with the program. The application fee is $85, there is an application, in-person interview, and fingerprinting, and if you’re accepted by the program, for a 5 year period, you’d have access to an expedited screening line at airports, and you don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.
For international travelers, Global Entry is a U.S. Custom and Border Protection program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited customs clearance upon arrival to the United States from abroad. This program is open to US citizens, permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries. Currently, 42+ airports participate with the program. The application fee is $100, there is an application, in-person interview, and fingerprinting, and if you’re accepted by the program, for a 5 year period, you will not have to complete a paper form upon re-entry to the country, and have access to a “fast-track” electronic kiosk customs line. In addition, this program confers TSA Pre-Check privileges for eligible applicants. Continue reading “Tips, Tricks & Tactics: TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry (for free?!)”