TSA PreCheck & Global Entry Programs

August 9th, 2015 | Posted in Transportation Security Administration TSA, Travel Tips, Value of Using a Travel Professional

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Bridal Show Downtown Indy

Bridal Show Downtown Indy

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer!  A few weeks ago, we  had a booth at the 317 Bridal Show downtown in the Fountain Square Theatre.  It was a small, intimate show.  The venue was spectacular!  I felt like I was in an Italian Village.

I have to confess that I was dreading giving up a Sunday in the middle of Summer.  It was difficult to tear myself away from the outdoors.

As the day became increasingly  hot & humid, I began to enjoy the surroundings of the Theatre Venue.  It turned out to be a gift. I especially enjoyed having a little more time to get to know some lovely Brides to be!  There were a few brave Grooms who attended as well as a lot of  the proud Moms of both.

Whether I have the privilege to help them all plan their Destination Wedding or Honeymoon in the future, I did have the privilege of meeting some wonderful people.  That allowed me a little peak into the excitement of what their future holds.

For that experience, I am grateful.

Tina

With all of the additional security measures, frequent travelers are looking for ways to decrease their wait time going through the check points at airports.  Did you know that the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has multiple programs that are designed to help you get through customs and airport security lines.

2014-03-13 17.37.52Some are more limited in scope.  For example, Nexus and Sentry are applicable for travel between the US and Canada and Mexico.  If you travel with some frequency, it might be worth your while to look into some of these programs. The Transportation and Security Administration uses their  TSA PreCheck  program  https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck .  This format was designed to help expedite the security check process at airports for qualifying participants.

Participants have to apply and receive a KTN (Known Traveler Number).  They will still be reviewed on a case by case basis. The KTN can also be known as the Trusted Traveler Number.   According the the tsa.gov website, “Eleven carriers participate in TSA Pre✓®: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. TSA Pre✓® operations are available at more than 120 U.S. airports.”

As a broad overview, the TSA PreCheck program can be used for domestic travel as well as departures for International Flights.  The review process by TSA occurs every time you fly.  An approval code is incorporated into the traveler’s bar code of their boarding pass.  They may proceed to the TSA PreCheck after their boarding pass has been scanned and approved.

The Global Entry program helps speed up the process upon re-entry into the United States through Customs.  Participants are able to use Global Entry Kiosks set up at the airport which allows them to skip the lines going through Customs.  It is my understanding that Global Entry participants are part of the pre-check program based on their Global Entry status.  They are eligible for TSA PreCheck benefits.  However, it is best to confirm this when applying for the program.

The Global Entry program seems to have a much more in depth application process which requires a background check as well as personal interview before possibility of approval.  Members will be asked to present their passport as well as scan their fingerprints at the Global Entry Kiosk at the airport.  Global Entry helps navigate the Customs process while TSA PreCheck helps with security lines.

To obtain more information regarding this and other trusted traveler programs, check out http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry.

The extra security measures have been implemented for the safety of all travelers.  Indeed, it does take more time and can be inconvenient to fly these days.  Programs such as these are designed to help us navigate the security maze as quickly as possible.  Hopefully, we will get better with the overall process.  Somehow I don’t seen to mind the inconvenience as much when I think of the alternative.

Safe Travels!

If you would like help in planning your next trip, please contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com  or call her at 317-660-2080.