USA Customs Border Protection Trusted Traveler Programs (see video below ) – With the holidays arriving in the next couple of months, now is the time to enroll in the Trusted Traveler Programs offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Using the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, travelers can apply for Trusted Traveler Programs. The programs allow members to use expedited lanes at the U.S. airports, and when crossing international borders.
TSA Pre – How it Works
1. Apply Online – Cost $85.00
Submit the online application in 5 minutes or less and schedule an appointment at any of 380+ enrollment centers.
Attend your in-person appointment to provide fingerprints, supply citizenship and ID documents, and pay $85.00.
3. Enjoy TSA Pre✓®
Once approved, add your Known Traveler Number to your airline reservations and enjoy your membership for 5 years.
- No need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets
- Expedited security screening. Most travelers get through Security in 5 minutes or less.
- Enjoy benefits at more than 200 airports within the U.S on over 60 participating airlines.
- Children under 12 may accompany a parent/guardian with TSA Pre✓® in the designated lanes.
If you had previously been cleared for the Trusted Traveler Program but were removed, there is now hope.
Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019
On July 10, 2019, U.S. Rep. John Katko authored the House of Representatives bill H.R.3675, titled, Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019.
This bill directs:
- (1) the Government Accountability Office to review Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trusted traveler programs, and
- (2) DHS to extend the enrollment period where an individual’s participation in a trusted traveler program was revoked in error.
“Under current law, it is time-consuming and difficult for individuals to navigate multiple federal agencies and bureaucratic hurdles to get Trusted Traveler status reinstated if it has been erroneously revoked. With my legislation, travelers will be able to more easily remedy these types of errors and, once resolved, Trusted Traveler enrollees who have had their status wrongly suspended will be provided an extension equivalent to the length of the wrongful delay.”
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