Get Ready For Shorter TSA Lines When Flying Out Of The U.S.
By DeAnna Taylor
Nothing screams frustration like extra-long TSA security lines. While the process is necessary to ensure our safety while in the air, nobody wants to wait for hours just to go through.
Luckily, the Transportation Security Administration just added 5 new international airlines to their roster for pre-check. Those carriers are Austrian Airlines, Canada’s Swoop, PAL Express (Philippines Airlines), and the Mexico-based Viva Aerobus and Interjet.
It is said that 94% of people who have pre-check are able to clear security in about 5-minutes. This is mostly due to the expedited process of not having to take off shoes and belts, and not pulling out laptops or liquids.
Additional airlines could mean there will be additional flight times, which translates to fewer travelers trying to get through TSA all at once. This should reduce wait times in the general TSA lines. Currently, there are 72 international and domestic airline partners that accept TSA pre-check.
If you have not registered for pre-check, the process is pretty simple. You will need to be a U.S. citizen or resident. You must apply online and give fingerprints, pass a background check, and have an in-person interview typically at an airport that you choose.
The price for this service is $85 and it is valid for 5 years. You can also opt for global entry which will help to expedite clearing customs during returns from international destinations. The fee for this is $100 and also includes that perks of TSA pre-check.
If you are someone who hates waiting in those long lines, you should definitely seek to apply for one of these options. It will also help to cut down on having to arrive at the airport hours ahead of your flight.
Do you think the addition of these new carriers will reduce lines? Or will it simply make the TSA pre-check lines longer?
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.