From TSA pre to Smart Gate, what do these mean to you as a frequent traveler? If you travel often and hate the lines, the U.S. has created a number of programs for travelers to take advantage of, but which one is right for you? Take a closer look at these programs with Bill Bailey Travel.
TSA Pre – The newest of the trusted traveler or expedited travel options offered to approved U.S. travelers, TSA Pre allows low risk travelers to speed their way through security at airports by offering a speedier line, making screening faster by not having to remove belts, shoes, light outerwear or jackets, and allowing approved travelers to leave 3-1-1 compliant bags and laptops in their carry-on.
TSA Pre is still limited to certain airlines and certain airports right now.
Nexus – Used for travel by land, air and water and in conjunction with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Nexus is an alternative to a passport for U.S. and Canadian citizens between the U.S. and Canada only. Travelers approved for the Nexus program may expedite the screening process between the borders at certain airports and borders.
Global Entry – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program, Global Entry allows expedited clearance for pre-approved low risk travelers who are traveling to the United States. Generally used for frequent international travelers who travel to the U.S. Although designed for frequent travelers, there is no number of trips required to apply for a Global Entry Pass. Travelers who are approved for the Global Entry Program may enter the U.S. using automated kiosks at certain airports.
Sentri – Used for travel between the U.S. and Mexico, the Sentri Program is a CBP program used for low risk travelers. To be approved for the Sentri Program, travelers must undergo a background check, 10 fingerprint check and a personal interview with a CBP officer to qualify.
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