TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry—What’s the Difference?

TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry—What’s the Difference?

Submitted by: Jo Luncher (Monroeville Chapter)

Whether you need TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry is determined by your travel needs. Both are Trusted Traveler Programs run by the Department of Homeland Security. Qualified participants receive a Known Traveler Number, which is also beneficial for someone who frequently crosses the borders of Canada or Mexico. To become qualified, it’s necessary for an individual to apply online and schedule an appointment with one of 380+ Enrollment Centers throughout the U.S. At the Enrollment Center, an applicant must pass a background check and be fingerprinted.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operates in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and participating U.S. airlines and airports. Participating is the operative word here. Currently, there are 200 airports and 65 airlines partnered with TSA Precheck. Pre-Check allows qualified airline passengers pre-screening to quickly and efficiently move through airport check in lines. TSA Pre-Check fee is $85 and is valid for 5 years. Visit www.tsa.gov.

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited entry into the United States. Members undergo thorough back- ground checks and interviews at enrollment. Once enrolled, members use automated kiosks in most major U.S. airports rather than going through customs. They are issued photo IDs and can participate in TSA Pre–Check where available by providing their Trusted Traveler nine-digit number. Application fee is $100 plus $149 handing service fee. Global Entry is valid for 5 years. Handling fee is refunded if a passenger is rejected for Global Entry. Visit www.globalentry.gov.

Jo is the Owner of Anywhere Travel where she creates vacations for groups and individuals.