Avoid long airport security lines with these travel trips

Travel experts recommend applying for TSA PreCheck, which allows you to bypass security lines.

Rachel Yonkunas

Apr 10, 2024, 9:28 PM

Updated 40 days ago

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has screened a record number of airline passengers this spring and that trend is expected to continue throughout summer travel.
In about two weeks, most Long Island schools will be closed for spring break and families will be jetting off to their trips.
There is a way to avoid the stress of packed airports before takeoff. Travel experts recommend applying for TSA PreCheck, which allows you to bypass security lines.
“You don’t have to remove your shoes, you don’t have to take out your amenity kits with your liquids,” said Katy Nastro, a travel expert with Going.com. “You just go in a separate line that is usually a lot shorter than the main security line.”
It is easy to apply for TSA PreCheck. Fill out an online application form then complete an in-person interview at an enrollment center.
You do not have to go to the airport to get TSA PreCheck. Many Staples stores are enrollment centers. To find a location near you, search for your zip code on the Staples travel services website.
TSA PreCheck costs $78, is good for five years and usually takes less than a week to get approved. Once you get your Known Traveler Number, you can apply it to any future flight or add it to flights already booked.
If you are traveling internationally, Global Entry allows you to bypass long immigration lines. It costs $100, is also good for five years, but it can take months to get an in-person interview as part of the approval process.
A great tip from travel experts is to seek Enrollment on Arrival—a program administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that allows applicants who are conditionally approved to complete their interviews when they arrive in the United States.
“That means when you come back to the states from your trip abroad, when you get to that agent, you just ask if they have any agents available to do your appointment on arrival for Global Entry,” explained Nastro. “You go through the interview in a separate area and then immediately afterwards they give you a document that can be used in place of your Global Entry card. You can use it the next time you travel.”
Some travel credit cards will reimburse customers for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry application fees. Check your card’s policy for reimbursement details. Here are some popular travel cards that reimburse those fees:
  • Aeroplan® Credit Card
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®
  • IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card
  • United Club℠ Infinite Card
  • United℠ Explorer Card
  • United Quest℠ Card


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