TSA Precheck Status & Global Entry Experience Comparison

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TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry

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Do you wish you could jump into the empty security line at the airport? That empty, shorter line is the TSA PreCheck line for travelers approved to use this line. The simplest explanation of TSA PreCheck is that it is a pre-screening service for domestic travelers. Global Entry is the best service, in my opinion, because Global Entry works for domestic security lines and quick re-entry security lines into the USA after traveling abroad.

TSA PreCheck

First, TSA PreCheck is a domestic airport lines program that pre-screening travelers so they can go through security checkpoints faster. Next, Global Entry service makes re-entering the USA from international travel faster. So, if you need one pre-screening entry service and you plan to enjoy international travel, then Global Entry is the best for you.

Global Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) runs the Global Entry service. The program pre-approves and expedites clearance for low-risk travelers arriving into the United States. Members enter the United States through electronic kiosks at select airports. Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in TSA PreCheck and other foreign countries entry program such as the Netherland.

TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry

Know the Eligibility Requirements for Global Entry

Are You Eligible?

Global Entry membership is available for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents. The following countries citizens are also eligible.

  • Colombia Citizens
  • United Kingdom Citizens
  • Germany Citizens
  • Netherlands Citizens
  • Panama Citizens
  • Singapore Citizens
  • South Korea Citizens
  • Mexican nationals

Note: There may be additional requirements you must meet depending on your country of citizenship. To find out if other conditions select your nationality on the International Arrangement.

  • Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.
  • If you are under the age of 18, then it requires your parent or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the program.

SA PreCheck vs Global Entry

TSA PreCheck Summary

TSA PreCheck grants access to a separate security line that is typically never more than a 5-10 minute wait. This line used to allow you to keep your shoes, belt & jacket on. Additionally, laptops and liquids stay in your bag during screening. Read the signs because I find this is changing. This TSA PreCheck service costs $85 for five years. Finally, don’t forget, the fee is submitted at application, so the $85 is up front as an application fee and it is nonrefundable.

The service costs $85 for five years. Finally, don’t forget, the application fee is $85. It is an upfront application fee, and it is nonrefundable.

  • For participating TSA PreCheck airports and more information, visit www.tsa.gov or call the TSA Contact Center at 1-866-289-9673.
TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry

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Global Entry Summary

Global Entry includes everything for TSA PreCheck, plus U.S.citizens re-entering the USA from international travel. To speed up re-entry, Global Entry participants use a separate security line. The lines have customs kiosks to expedite your USA entry. The nonrefundable Global Entry service costs $100 for five years.

Don’t forget the nonrefundable Global Entry service costs $100 for five years.

What to You’ll Need to Apply

  • A list of every country you’ve visited in the past five years
  • Your passport or a permanent resident card
  • Your employment history
  • $85/$100 dollars

Not every airport and airline participates in TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. Currently, there are 180 airports and 30 airlines that participate, and you can find those lists on the TSA’s website.

Now What?

You’ll get an email letting you know whether you’ve been pre-approved after you submit your request. If you’re conditionally pre-approved, next, schedule an interview appointment. My application made on December 1st. My pre-approval came in an email on December 14th.

The Interview

My interview went very smoothly. It was very relaxed, and the agent was very professional. My agent was helpful; I even saw a smile. I answered all his questions with short answers and was quickly approved.

The final step, after your acceptance in the program, is your ID card arrives in a couple of weeks. If you need to travel sooner, you use the TSA PreCheck or Global Entry ID number. You can find the number on your appointment email.

TSA PreCheck or Global Entry reduces anxiety, stress level and makes travel a little more relaxing. Enjoy the short line from now on!

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