And in the blink of an eye, we’re already well into the first week of September. Time goes by so quickly! Anyway, here are our most popular posts for August 2019. Some of them were actually written before August (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
Military personnel do so much for us. They defend our nation and keep us safe and free, while sometimes being stationed away from home and family for years at a time, all while potentially putting their lives on the line. No wonder why total strangers will come right up to them and thank them for their service.
Most people have seen that airlines show their respect for and thanks to military personnel by letting them be part of the first groups to board a plane. But the TSA also does their part to thank these brave men and women with a gesture that’s not nearly as well known.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week that 6 more airlines have been added to the list of airlines that are available to offer TSA PreCheck.
Joe and I have had Global Entry for several years now; it simply makes life easier when we’re traveling overseas because we don’t have to stand on as many queues. That’s a nice thing but since we only travel outside the U.S. one or two times a year at most (and sometimes not at all, depending), it admittedly has limited use to us. However getting Global Entry also gives us automatic TSA Pre-Check, which is WONDERFUL, especially since our home airport is MCO and their TSA checkpoint is so slow that they’re in the midst of some major construction to add more lanes (among other things).
I was always under the impression that TSA Precheck was only available to U.S. citizens, but apparently a few years ago the program was expanded to be available to citizens of several other countries around the world. And just like with American citizens, if you have Global Entry, it also gives you TSA Pre✓ eligibility.
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are the two main options you have to choose from if you want to get precertified for expedited treatment at U.S. Government checkpoints. Both of the services give access to the TSA PreCheck lanes at U.S. airports. This means you don’t have to go through the whole security theater of taking off your shoes and belt and removing your iPad and liquids from your bag. Most of the time you’ll also avoid going through TSA’s nude-o-scope and only need to pass through an old fashioned metal detector.
Global Entry, while a more lengthy process, also gives you expedited passage through U.S. Customs and Border Protection lanes when re-entering the United States. Just go to a Global Entry kiosk and enter your travel info, answer the usual questions and get your picture taken. Go to meet an agent and you’re on your way.
If you had asked me up until now, I would have told you to go for Global Entry. In fact, I did say exactly that in my article comparing the services: