CUT LINES AT THE AIRPORT

The best ways to bypass all those suckers.

By Sam Grobart

ILLUSTRATION BY MIKEY BURTON

ARE YOU...

UNDER 12 OR OVER 75?

Young and old get a PreCheck-like limited search when passing through security.

WILLING TO SPEND $100 AND BE FINGERPRINTED?

If you enroll in Global Entry, you’re eligible for PreCheck. Global Entry is a separate program that lets people skip the regular passport line when they return to the U.S. (You go to a kiosk that scans your hand — it’s pretty cool.) To get into Global Entry, you fill out an online application, pay a $100 fee, and schedule an appointment at an enrollment center (mostly at airports). There you’ll be fingerprinted, answer a questionnaire, and have your passport verified. You can apply online at globalentry.gov.

GLOBAL ENTRY’S BENEFITS

You don’t have to fill out a customs declaration before you land.

Global Entry also works when you enter Canada, Mexico, Australia, or New Zealand.

You can apply for similarly expedited service in the Netherlands and South Korea.

Have an American Express Platinum Card, or a Platinum Elite or higher on United? Both companies will reimburse you for the $100 fee.

FINE WITH AN EXTRA CHARGE?

Depending on the carrier, an extra $20 to $40 gets you in the elite lane at security and lets you board the plane earlier.

A REALLY FREQUENT FLIER?

Five U.S. carriers — Alaska Air, American, Delta, United, and US Airways — currently participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. If you do a lot of traveling with them, you may be invited directly by the airline.

IN THE MILITARY?

Active-duty service members are eligible for PreCheck at some airports.

FLYING OUT OF HONOLULU, INDIANAPOLIS, OR TAMPA?

In a TSA test program, an officer and a bomb-sniffing dog examine people while they wait in the security line. If you pass, you can go through PreCheck.

PRECHECK

PreCheck makes it seem like you’re flying in 1982. You can leave on your jacket, belt, and shoes; you don’t have to remove a laptop or toiletries from your carry-on. You simply walk through a metal detector. The program was originally limited to domestic flights but was recently expanded to international travel. PreCheck is randomized, so there may be occasions when you don’t get to skip the regular line, but participating airlines are in the process of adding PreCheck status to boarding passes, so you should know if you’re getting it before leaving for the airport. The TSA expects to add more carriers to the program, including Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest, this year. And since PreCheck has only been available to frequent fliers and Global Entry members, the TSA is considering ways to let other people pay a nominal fee to enroll.

PRECHECK BONUS TIP

Many airports have PreCheck but not always at every security checkpoint. Be sure to ask where PreCheck is when you get to the terminal.

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