Make airport travel easy!

March 31, 2019

 

"Excuse me, where's the global entry line" 

 

Traveling through the airport can be easy and quick if you’re equipped. Have you ever seen someone in the airport take a shorter line, keep on their shoes, keep their laptop in their bag, and breeze through a metal detector opposed to being held by the full body scanners? What about seeing someone walk right through customs after a long international trip? Even better, have you noticed that some people can completely bypass the document verification process and not even talk to the TSA agent?

 

If you ever noticed this in the airport, then it is probably safe to assume that the traveler you saw has one of the following services listed  below. 

 

Find out how you can decrease your chances of ever missing a flight or waiting in long security lines! Check out the chart below for side by side comparison. 

 

 

CLEAR

  1. $179 per year 

  2. Discounted for Delta SkyMiles members

  3. Private company

  4. Can sign up at any airport that supports CLEAR

  5. Can also sign up online and then go to a CLEAR enrollment center to have your fingerprints and iris scanned 

  6. Expedites security process allowing you to bypass document verification with screening biometrics

  7. Uses your eyes and fingertips - to confirm it’s really you

  8. In most major airports in the United States, but not in every airport 

  9. Also used in major venues 

https://www.clearme.com

 

 

TSA PRE CHECK

  1. $85 every 5 years 

  2. Government program

  3. Background check

  4. Online application, in addition to a short interview 

  5. Receives a known traveler number

  6. Set up an appointment 

  7. Expedites your security process and wait line

  8. Random selection, just because you have TSA pre-check it does not necessarily mean you will receive it every airport visit 

  9. You do not have to take out your laptop, take off your shoes, you can go through a metal detector, opposed to the full body scan, leave your liquids in your bag

https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

 

GLOBAL ENTRY 

  1. Includes TSA Pre check 

  2. $100 every 5 years 

  3. Government program

  4. Background check

  5. Online application, in addition to a short interview 

  6. Before applying you need a valid US passport

  7. Receives a known traveler number

  8. Online application, in addition to a short interview

  9. Expedites your security process from departure city 

  10. Expedites your security process entering into the United States and some other countries 

  11. During application you can add on Nexus 

  12. Random selection, just because you have TSA pre-check it does not necessarily mean you will receive it every airport visit 

  13. You do not have to take out your laptop, take off your shoes, you can go through a metal detector, opposed to the full body scan

https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov

 

MOBILE PASSORT

 

  • FREE

  • Government program

  • Expedited entry through security when entering back into the US.

  • Answer CBP inspection-related questions prior to CBP inspection through the app (custom boarder control) 

  • For U.S. citizens and visiting Canadian visitors 

  • Download the Mobile Passport app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

https://mobilepassport.us

 

Directions for using Mobile Passport from https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/mobile-passport-control

 

The profile includes the traveler’s name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. Upon landing in the United States, travelers will complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, taking a self-photo, and answering a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Once the traveler submits their transaction through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.

 

I have global entry, but I’m looking to add CLEAR to my roster. Keep in mind that all of the services mentioned are non-competing entities. You can have more than one of the services because ultimately they offer different benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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