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Travel Tip: Should You Invest in TSA PreCheck?

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tsa-full-body-scannersYou’ve heard me talking about the TSA PreCheck. It doesn’t work every time, but if you’re selected, it gets you access through expedited lines where you don’t have to remove your shoes or take your laptop from the case.

At first, it was granted to frequent fliers, members of other trusted traveler programs, and those with elite status on airlines. Now anyone can apply and they’re expanding.

The expedited screening program will soon be available at 60 more airports, bringing the total up to 100 around the country.

Right now there’s two airports where you can actually apply for the program– Washington Dulles and Indianapolis.

But here’s my tip: If you travel internationally, look into Global Entry. It’s actually to get you through U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, but it automatically makes you eligible for PreCheck. At $100, it’s only $15 more than TSA’s PreCheck alone. So why not spend a little more to get a whole lot more?

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