If you hate waiting in lines, there are a few options for you! Although security checkpoints are unavoidable, you may be able to lessen your wait time with the help of a few programs. There are a few trusted traveler programs set up by the US Department of Homeland Security that have many benefits for frequent travelers. AurTravel can help you pick which program is best for you!
TSA Pre-Check costs $85 every 5 years and some perks include not having to remove your shoes, belt, or jacket. In addition, you can also keep your laptop in your carry-on as well as your 3-1-1 liquids. You can sign up for this in as little as 2 to 3 weeks. That being said, you must have a complete background check, a short interview, and pay the fee. Most travelers who utilize Pre-Check get through security lines in less than 5 minutes, depending on volume of travelers. Children under 12 years old can accompany a parent or guardian in the Pre-Check lanes through security.
Global Entry includes all of the Pre-Check benefits. This particular program costs $100 every 5 years and significantly shortens immigration or customs processing time when traveling internationally. There is no paperwork to fill out when applying, though you must be pre-approved and attend an appointment in person. For frequent overseas travelers, this may be the best option.
A private company runs CLEAR, so it does not work in tandem with Pre-Check or Global Entry. This costs $179 a year and is only offered at select airports in the United States. Skip past TSA lines as you are escorted to a private screening area. You can add a child under 18 for free, or add up to 3 family members for $50 per year. To sign up for CLEAR, enroll online and visit a location at the airport to finish up your enrollment.
We are all on tight schedules – enjoy traveling and get through security lines quickly and efficiently. If you travel often, consider enrolling in one of these amazing programs. The travel experts at AurTravel will help you with your enrollment and book the perfect vacation for you and your family. Call them today at 402.891.6909!