VIDEO: How to handle long (and frustrating!) TSA lines (and how to avoid them)


No one likes the long security lines at American airports– they’re frustrating, inconveniencing and just plain annoying! But since it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere this summer, here are some tips to breeze through the lines. Hint: mindset is everything!

And here are some ways to avoid the lines!

Global Entry | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in the appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.

A $100 one-time fee is required with your Global Entry application and must be paid at time of application submission through the Global Online Enrollment System. You can pay by credit card or through an electronic bank transfer. The fee is non-refundable, even if an application is denied.

Domestic Travel: A great side benefit of Global Entry is it also qualifies you for TSA Pre. Meaning you no longer have to remove shoes and jackets.

Keep moving. TSA Pre® saves you time and stress.

With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security and don’t need to remove your: shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. Link:

New at airports across the States is CLEAR. Great for frequent travelers, it allows you to skip the security line, reentering the line in time for the TSA physical check with the scanners. Check it out here: