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For anyone who flies frequently, the TSA Precheck program is well worth the $85 investment for a five-year membership. TSA Pre-Check is available to low-risk travelers at participating U.S. airports and many international ones. “Passengers no longer have to remove shoes, jackets, and belts or take out laptops to be cleared through security,” says travel expert Tom Spagnola, senior vice president of supplier relations for CheapOair. “Over 97 percent of the time it took less than five minutes to clear security, which is a huge advantage, especially for business travelers who are often running to catch flights at the last minute,” says Spagnola. Considering that the number of travelers has increased over the past five years, it’s really a great program to avoid the long lines that go through regular security. TSA Precheck is valid in over 180 airports nationwide. Check out the 13 items most likely to get you flagged by the TSA.
Speed through International immigration and security lines with Global Entry. It provides passengers with expedited entry into the United States and also comes with TSA Pre-Check. “This program is more intensive than TSA Pre-Check since you’ll have to schedule an interview and fill out a much more in-depth application,” says Daniel Gillaspia, creator of travel blog UponArriving.com. “It is great for people who travel internationally, since they can get through immigration lines quicker and many airports have an expedited customs line, too.” However, be aware the application process is intensive and waiting times for interviews can be long. You usually need a squeaky clean criminal record—even misdemeanors can disqualify you. Global Entry is available to Americans and citizens of select other countries (including the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Germany). The cost for a five-year membership is $100. Here’s how to stay connected for less when traveling internationally.