Airport security is the bane of travelers everywhere. What should be a matter of keeping us safe has often devolved into waiting in lines that can take hours to get through. It’s easy to give up and conclude that there’s nothing you can do about it, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Here are five easy ways to get through airport security faster. (See also: Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks)
1. Get TSA PreCheck
PreCheck is a rapidly expanding program that allows travelers to opt out of the standard lines and receive expedited screening. With this screening, you don’t have to remove your shoes, belts, or light jackets. Your liquids and laptop can stay packed, and you won’t have to go through the fully invasive scanners, just a plain old metal detector. Not only are the lines shorter here, but they move quicker as well.
To get PreCheck, you can sign up for it in two different ways. One is to enroll directly in PreCheck through the TSA. Doing so requires an $85 application fee and if you are accepted, your membership is good for five years. The other way is to enroll in the Global Entry program, which speeds you through immigration upon arrival in the United States, and also includes TSA PreCheck access. Global Entry has a $100 application fee and is also good for five years. Finally, there are many credit cards that offer a $100 credit toward the application fees for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.
Once you have been approved for…
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