Expedited Screening Programs
Trusted traveler programs are risk-based programs to facilitate the entry of pre-approved travelers. The benefit of being part of an trusted traveler program is the opportunity to take advantage of expedited screening through the airport.
Since 2011, TSA has rolled out several programs that provide select travelers expedited screening for domestic and international travel. These programs are available airports around the world and with some select airlines. Depending on where and how often you travel, one of these programs just may be an investment for you.
Being available in more than 200 airports, TSA PreCheck is the most common among its competitors. For a fee of $85 dollars, approved travelers can take advantage of PreCheck lines, where they don’t have to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. Though it may seem like a small difference than the regular lines, members reported an average wait time of less than five minutes. More about TSA PreCheck
Much like TSA PreCheck, Global Entry offers a similar expedited clearance option. When available in certain countries, members can simply use a kiosk to swipe a passport that will speed up your customs process. Another perk is the fact that you are automatically enrolled for TSA PreCheck when you are approved. Global Entry membership is $100 and lasts for five years. More about Global Entry
Much like the previous two, CLEAR can help members enjoy an accelerated process in the airport. At participating airports, CLEAR members can use biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint or iris scan, to receive expedited screening. After their identity has been verified, members will be escorted to the security screening, bypassing lines. They are also taken to the PreCheck line, which is included in the membership. CLEAR membership is $179 per year. More about CLEAR