TSA, GLOBAL ENTRY, MOBILE PASSPORT Which is best for you?0
Like most travelers, I hate waiting on airport security lines.
They’re a waste of time. And when you aren’t the most punctual person — me — a long line can be the difference between casually sipping white wine in the airport lounge and sprinting to your gate only to find all the overhead compartments are already filled and you’ll need to check your perfectly packed carry-on suitcase.
In recent years, the US government has provided two ways out of airport security hell, for a fee. TSA Precheck and Global Entry They help travelers speed through airport security lines, which are longer than ever.
Which Airport Expediting Program is Right for You?
TSA Precheck and Global Entry each last five years and cost $85 and $100, respectively. Mobile Passport is Free.
Ideal for domestic air travel. PreCheck works like a fast pass through security. Travelers get dedicated lines at security checkpoints, keep their shoes and jackets on and leave approved liquids and electronics in their carry-on bags.
TSA Pre✓® saves you time and stress through security, as you don’t need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. Typical Enrollment Time Up to 2-3 weeks Required Documents.
Unexpired U.S. government-issued photo identification and proof of citizenship.(i.e. Passport only or Driver’s License & Birth Certificate). Determine which documents to bring
Ideal for arriving in the United States from international destinations.
- Use a kiosk to clear immigration, customs, and agricultural processing
- No paper arrival forms to fill out when you travel (i.e. Customs declaration)
- Includes TSA Pre✓®
- Passport (Machine-Readable) or U.S. I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident Card (Machine-Readable)
- Global Entry is by far the better deal because it is essentially the same application process as TSA Precheck, but includes the perks of both programs.
The Mobile Passport app was launched in 2014 Rather than speeding you through security before your flight, this app is designed for re-entry into the U.S. after a trip overseas.
How it works: Download the app and save some of your basic information, like passport number, expiration date, and a photo. When you arrive back in the U.S., open the app and answer the questions you normally answer on the blue paper customs form: How many people are you traveling with? What countries did you visit? Are you bringing back any fruits and vegetables? And so on. When you’re finished, hit submit and the app will provide a QR code receipt that you can use at Customs & Immigration instead of the paper form. Inside the arrivals hall, look for a designated (and typically shorter) Mobile Passport lane.
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