Get Through Airport Security in No Time at All by Following These Tips
Busy airports are one of the most common problems a business traveler will face, and it seems like no matter when you book your flight or how early you arrive, the stress and potential delay through airport security always ends up being an issue. However, there are some services you can use to get through security much faster, reducing your overall wait time before or after your flight.
Read on to learn all about the programs and technology you need to get through airport security in no time at all, enabling you more control of your time in a relaxed state of mind.
TSA Precheck is probably the most widely known way to streamline the security screening process, and for good reason. The service covers over 200 airports and 47 airlines across the USA. More importantly, it saves time and hassle at the security checkpoint because with TSA Precheck, you don’t have to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. You may have read about a new TSA rule that requires passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their carry-on luggage. This does not apply to those with TSA Precheck. In January of 2018, 94% of the five million TSA Precheck passengers waited five minutes or less in their security line. Which means that when you apply and are approved for TSA Precheck, you can say goodbye to early arrivals and long wait times. To enroll, visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck. The cost is $85, valid for 5 years, equating to $17 annually.
Some business travel will take you outside of the USA, and returning through Customs can be a lengthy process at the end of a long trip. Luckily, United States Customs and Border Protection offers a program called Global Entry, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers upon their arrival to the USA. Approved Global Entry members interact with a kiosk to complete a customs declaration, rather than waiting to do the same with a CBP officer.
The approval for Global Entry requires a rigorous background check and an in-person interview as part of the enrollment process. As a pre-screened Global Entry member, you will save valuable time upon arrival back into the United States; the more you travel internationally, the more the Global Entry program should be on your mind. Global Entry members are also eligible for TSA Precheck. The cost is $100, valid for 5 years, equating to $20 annually.
Enrollment on Arrival
Does the Global Entry program interest you? Enrollment on Arrival is a new feature that makes the application process easier for busy travelers. After completing the first Global Entry application online, international travelers must wait for their online application to be “conditionally approved” before scheduling their Global Entry interview with a CBP officer upon arrival to the United States.
Enrollment on Arrival eliminates the need to schedule an interview at an enrollment center, and doesn’t require any additional documents beyond those required for international travel (e.g., your passport). For business travelers looking to save time and effort, Enrollment on Arrival is an excellent service.
The final method to make your airport experience and trips easier is to use our business-friendly Navigators who are our customer service experts. This service provides 24/7 support from real people via phone, web chat, or email. The Navigators can help you resolve cancelled or overbooked flights, bounced hotel reservations, and any other unforeseeable events that might affect you while traveling. The service also provides travel alerts for bad weather and security notifications and helps you plan accordingly for any problems you might face.
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