I still haven’t gotten around to uploading travel pics to my computer, but I promise to have an update of my latest travels to Boston and New York City very soon. I am very much looking forward to sharing those experiences with you readers. In the meantime, I wanted to take the time to reiterate the awesomeness that is TSA Pre.
Originally, I signed up for Global Entry to help me expedite my way through customs on my international return flights to the U.S. As a bonus for signing up for Global Entry, an approved traveler also gets the benefit of being automatically enrolled into TSA Pre. I’ve always noticed the express lines at the airport, but never thought that I would qualify to use them for myself…
Well, that all changed after I received my Global Entry card in the mail two days before my trip to Boston. I decided to make use of it, and tried TSA Pre for the very first time flying out of San Jose Airport on Saturday, May 24. This was especially well timed since my flight happened to take place on Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest days of the year at the airport.
Not surprisingly, the line looked like this…
It might be difficult to tell from the pictures, but let me assure you, there was no one waiting in that line that had a smile on their face… Since I am now qualified for the TSA Pre express lane, I was able to bypass the regular line completely.
Not only was there no line, but once I got to the security check, I got to keep my jacket, belt, and shoes on… I had a laptop as well, but thanks to TSA Pre, I didn’t have to remove it from the bag.
I walked through without incident, and didn’t get stared down or patted down by security… For once, I was greeted with a warm smile… 🙂
Total time from getting in line to passing through checkpoint security? 3 minutes… And most of that time was spent walking from Point A to Point Z in a long, empty line.
How long for everyone else? I’m guessing at least 30-45 minutes in that traffic… So, for a $100 fee (for 5 years), or $20/year, I would say that just a single domestic flight already makes the Global Entry card totally worth getting. If you plan to also travel internationally, it becomes a total no-brainer.
I can’t even begin to describe how much peace of mind you gain from knowing that you can arrive to the airport just a short time before your flight and not have to worry about getting held up through airport security. Once you go TSA Pre, you won’t want to go back…
If you haven’t applied for Global Entry yet… what are you waiting for?!?