TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry [Why You Need It!]- 93

We all know flying can be stressful with lines, regulations, and multiple steps. Today we discuss how TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry can decrease the stress and time for your family the next time you are flying.

Why You Need TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry

Overview of the TSA Pre-Check Program

Apply online, through the Transportation Security Administration. The price is $85.


  1. Apply online at TSA.gov
  2. Then schedule a meeting to get photographed, fingerprinted, and pay.

You’ll need a valid photo ID and proof of citizenship, items such as a passport, birth certificate, and green card. The application process guides you through working out exactly what identification you’ll need.

You won’t get an ID card for the program. Rather, you’ll receive a KTN (Known Traveler Number) via the mail.

Add your KTN to your airline reservation when you book flights. You can also add it to your accounts with airlines so it automatically populates. Then you need to make sure your boarding pass indicates TSA Precheck. It displays on printed and electronic boarding passes.

You still have to go through security and get x-rayed, but you don’t have to remove shoes, belts, or jackets, and you can leave liquids and laptops in your carry-on.

Overview of Global Entry Program and Process

Apply online, through Customs and Border Protection. The price is $100 and includes TSA Pre-Check.


  1. Apply online, then wait for the approval.
  2. Schedule an interview after your approved.

You will get an ID card for Global Entry, but you’ll still need your passport, though.

You can use Kiosks when entering the U.S. from travel. The kiosk takes your photo and scans your fingerprints. You can also make your customs declarations here instead of filling out the forms.

Clear Program

To be honest, I don’t use it because of not being at my home airport (and US only so with TSA PC/GE didn’t see the need). If anyone has experience with CLEAR let us know! Comment on this show post on FB Page.

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