How to get thru airport security faster
My family walked in to SFO and showed our boarding passes to the TSA agent and she pointed us towards the short line of passengers. The line was moving quickly since no one was removing their shoes nor was anyone taking off their laptops from their bags. We breezed through security in 5 minutes so I had plenty of time to grab my favorite coffee and enjoy my book before the flight to Hawaii.
Many of our passengers complain that the TSA security check is one of their least favorite parts of air travel. They understand the need for security but none of them enjoy being stuck in a long line so I encourage them to consider enrolling to the TSA Precheck and Global Entry program.
If you do not travel internationally, you can just get TSA Precheck, for $85 for 5 years. But for just $15 more, you can get expedited through US Customs and Immigration with Global Entry. If you travel by air at least once a year, I think it's well worth the investment.
Some of our favorite international carriers to Asia, like Philippine Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air are now part of the TSA Precheck program so if you're flying any of these airlines on your next trip, just provide us with your KTN (Known Traveler Number) so you can breeze through security at the airport.
These are the steps to getting your TSA Precheck and Global Entry
1. Create a Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account. Regardless of your age, you must have your own TTP account. 2. Log in to your TTP account and complete the application. A $100 non-refundable fee is required with each completed application. 3. After accepting your completed application and fee, CBP will review your application. If your application is conditionally approved, then your GOES account will instruct you to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Each applicant must schedule a separate interview. 4. You will need to bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your machine readable permanent resident card.
Here's a full list of carriers that are now part of TSA Precheck:
Aeromexico Air Canada Air France Alaska Airlines All Nippon Airways Allegiant Air American Airlines Aruba Airlines Avianca Boutique Airlines Brussels Airlines Cape Air Cathay Pacific Airways Contour Aviation Copa Airlines Delta Air Lines Dominican Wings Emirates Etihad Airways Finnair Frontier Airlines Hawaiian Airlines InterCaribbean Airways JetBlue Airways Key Lime Air KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Korean Air Lufthansa Miami Air International OneJet Philippine Airlines Seaborne Airlines Silver Airways Singapore Airlines Southern Airways Express Southwest Airlines Spirit Airlines Sun Country Airlines Sunwing Airlines Swift Air Turkish Airlines United Airlines Virgin America Virgin Atlantic WestJet World Atlantic Xtra Airways