The TSA has been in the news a lot since sweeping changes took place in our post 9/11 world, and more recently it has been reported that TSA misconduct is up 26%.
In need of an image over-haul, the TSA is creating new tiers of service.
There are two new expedited security check programs that are allowing for faster travel for frequent fliers like businessmen, entrepreneurs and beyond.
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new PreCheck program enables travellers to use a special security check line and there’s no need to remove your shoes and other items of clothing, like belts and coats.
The TSA’s PreCheck program has been invitation-only, however beginning in Fall 2013, two enrolment centres will open at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport. Additional enrolment centres are scheduled to open in the following months.
There is an $85 fee, which covers the cost of fingerprinting and a background check; if you pass the latter, you’ll be allowed to join the PreCheck program for five years.
International travelers can save time with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program. Program participants join for a fee of $15, plus $100 for a five-year membership.
The Global Entry program enables you to skip the lines in the passport control area as you’re re-entering the United States. So if you’re transforming yourself from a digital nomad into a world traveler and you’ve got a bit of extra cash sitting around, these two programs will help you save time at the airport on your next trip.