Let’s face it: No one really likes dealing with long security lines at airports. Thankfully, there are options to make the experience a bit easier during family travel, but with multiple choices, how do you know which is best for you? Read on as we explore the differences between three popular programs so you can choose the right one for you.
TSA PreCheck is a paid program (currently $78) that essentially pre-screens passengers traveling within the United States, allowing you to take advantage of shorter security lines, keep your laptops and liquids in your bag, and keep your shoes and belt on. The application takes just a few minutes, followed by an in-person appointment for fingerprinting. You can schedule the appointment at a time convenient for you, helpful for accommodating busy schedules, as long as it is done within three months of your original application. You will receive your number in about a week and it is good for five years.
CLEAR is a yearly membership program that allows you to skip the security line by using biometrics to verify your identity and travel documents. The cost is currently $189 per year and is available at select airports around the country. Once enrolled in CLEAR, you simply locate the CLEAR machine (known as a pod) at the airport you are traveling through, scan your boarding pass and either your eyes or fingerprints. Then, a CLEAR representative escorts you to the front of the security line without having to wait for a TSA agent to verify your identity. It does not, however, allow you to skip removing your shoes, laptops, belts and liquids like PreCheck does. Some travelers opt to pay for both programs to make their time in security as short as possible.
Global Entry offers expedited customs screening for travelers returning to the United States after international travel. It requires a much more in-depth application process that includes an in-person interview and can take several months for approval. While this option is primarily to aid in customs clearance, it includes TSA PreCheck, so you can benefit from shorter airport security lines as well. Similar to TSA PreCheck, Global Entry lasts five years once approved.
While price and length of the application process are factors, ultimately, the choice for you might likely boil down to where and how much you travel. Global Entry is best for those who travel internationally four or more times a year, but if you only travel domestically, then it isn’t worth the extra money. CLEAR saves a lot of time if you pair it with TSA PreCheck and also works at several stadiums across the country. CLEAR also isn’t available at every airport.
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