If you’re anything like me, I really hate standing in a long line, especially when I’m at a busy airport heading off to my next adventure.
One way to avoid the long security lines is to get a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry and expedite the airport security process.
Compare and Contrast: TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry
There are a few key differences between these two programs, which are listed below to help you decide which is the better option for you.
Both programs offer several benefits, including:
A shorter line for security
You don’t have to remove your shoes, belt, or light jacket
You can leave your laptop or tablet inside your bag
Your liquids can remain in your bag
Here are the key differences:
TSA PreCheck only works at U.S. airports and only when checking in for a flight.
Global Entry includes TSA precheck and also allows you to move through Customs more quickly when you re-enter the United States while enjoying international travel.
If you travel internationally frequently, the Global Entry is worth the extra effort. The TSA precheck will be your best bet if most of your travel is within the United States.
Applying for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
To apply for TSA PreCheck, visit this link for the application and make an appointment online for an enrollment center. You’ll provide documents and fingerprints, along with an $85 enrollment fee, at your appointment. Your TSA PreCheck is valid for 5 years.
The process for getting Global Entry is pretty similar to applying for TSA PreCheck, except you must travel to a federal office for an in-person interview. Start by visiting this link for more information. The closest such office to Northeast Wisconsin is in Milwaukee. The fee is $100 and is valid for 5 years.
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