Are airline VIP programs exacerbating “affluenza”?

It doesn’t really bother me to know VIP travelers get special check-in desks, gate-to-gate service when a connecting flight is late, priority for waitlists and upgrades, and so on. But every once in a while it feels like some travelers cross the line.

Large numbers of non-members in TSA Precheck lines reveal TSA humbug

Pre-Check is the security program offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which allows some air travelers to use “expedited security lanes” at some airport security checkpoints for both domestic and international travel. Those passing through Pre-Check security lines avoid full body scanners and/or enhanced pat-downs and instead pass through metal detectors or are scanned […]

TSA, CBP and the airlines — your pain means their profits

At first blush the government and the airlines don’t really belong on this title together. One is a capitalistic money-making entity and the other is a government “service.” However both have been creating more and more misery with long lines and abysmal service and then charging fees for upgrades or to avoid the pain they […]

TSA Pre✓improved — now open for everyone

Recently there have been major changes in TSA’s Pre✓ program for air travelers. Ned Levi discusses TSA Pre✓ generally and highlights the changes in the program, as well has how to be eligible to use TSA Pre✓ security lines at TSA airport security checkpoints. Also discussed is the combination of TSA Pre✓ with Global Entry for international travelers.

Avoiding the long wait at Customs and Border Protection when returning to the US

Ned Levi discusses the serious problem of the long delays passengers are enduring at US international airport entry points at Customs and Border Protection, this year, and how to shorten wait time for Customs via Global Entry and even the Model Ports program if you have a tight connection you might miss.

Reduce your TSA and border control airport hassle with Global Entry

Ned Levi reports that for those who enroll in Global Entry, getting through CBP passport control and customs at Global Entry equipped airports is a breeze, and as TSA rolls out its “Precheck” program nationally, Global Entry members will find it far easier, and less time consuming to proceed through TSA airport security.

Global Entry — final DHS rule expands program

The Department of Homeland Security announced the Final rule that establishes Global Entry. This program allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers to streamline the international arrivals and admission process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification—as a permanent program.

Dulles Global Entry surpasses 75K user sessions

Since its inception on June 6, 2008, Global Entry members have processed their international arrivals 75,058 times on one of the 14 Dulles self-help kiosks. Global Entry lines are short and each session lasts less than one minute.

Global Entry — A faster way through customs?

Global Entry is a preferred traveler program for people considered low risk by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Members of the program are granted “expedited entry” into the US (government speak for you get to skip all of the lines) in exchange for submitting to a background investigation and interview.