Trusted Travelers Jumping the Cue

The lead caught my attention? “Who hasn’t stood in a security line shoeless, beltless, clutching a Ziploc bag and inching grimly toward a full body scanner?”

Last week, writing in the New York Times, Stephanie Rosenbloom discussed Trusted Traveler programs designed to speed airport security measures. Many FlyerTalk members are current with the procedures offered by Homeland Security, but maybe it’s worth reviewing what’s current.

One option for frequent flyers is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program. For a $100 fee and agreeing to a background check, you’ll likely zip through screening and customs declarations quicker than most passengers. The program started in 2008 and reportedly gets about 30,000 applications a month.

If you qualify for Global Entry, you also qualify for TSA PreCheck, a free program that began last October by the Transportation Security Administration and often means you don’t have to remove shoes, belt, jacket, or finger your laptop and liquids. Initially, the PreCheck program was open by invitation only to frequent flyers on American and Delta because their passenger information systems connect with TSA’s secure flight data base. Other carriers are now coming up to speed and encouraging PreCheck. More than 3 million passengers have been accepted into this Trusted Traveler program, which now operates at 26 airports and will be at 35 by the end of the year. A list is at

Loews Hotels and Resorts is offering to pay the $100 Global Entry application fee if you’re a YouFirst Platinum loyalty member.

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  • PTahCha at 7:47am October 08, 2012

    Having Global Entry does not automatically grant you PreCheck. Went through DFW 4 times as AA Platinum and Global Entry – no dice.

    Also, United 1K and Platinum, as well as Amex Platinum card, provide refund on Global Entry fees as well.

  • djk7 at 7:27am October 11, 2012

    The lead caught my attention mainly because I wondered if the title actually meant “cue” or if it was a misspelling of “queue”.

  • ClarityE at 10:00pm October 11, 2012

    You must opt in for PreCheck. Unless you’ve done that on your AA account page, and then purchased your ticket, the system will not recognize you. Only after succesfully opting in will your boarding pass bar code contain the encryption that notifies the checkpoint scanner of your Trusted Traveler status. Be sure to use the Pre-check lane at the airport since only that scanner can pick up and verify the coded info.
    Because so many are now joining the Global Entry program, the lines for domestic Pre-check are certain to become quite long in the not too distant future. Enjoy it while you can!

  • philemer at 11:40am November 27, 2012

    cue=cue stick
    queue=line 🙂

  • misdirected baggage at 9:17pm November 27, 2012

    In Global Entry and also registered for Pre. Global entry kiosks in some airports (e.g. HNL) can occasionally be so slow that it’s actually faster to wait in line.
    TSA Pre is a random event. I’m batting about 50/50 in line avoidance at airports that offer it. Unfortunately, you never know when you are going to be rejected in the Pre check and then look like a schmuck while being sent to the back of the long security line. Any strategies on avoiding a Pre reject (e.g., early check in, etc) would be appreciated

  • lobos305 at 7:50am December 01, 2012

    I was just granted PreCheck status through AA in October. I’m Plat with AA but I have been traveling weekly since August. There was no notification until I got my boarding pass at the counter one day and the clerk said, “You’re PreCheck so use that line.” It was fast! For some reason, your PreCheck status doesn’t appear on the boarding pass so I guess you never know until you get there.

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