TSA Tips

Obtain a passport and use it while traveling. These days, everyone should have a passport.

For $100 you can apply for Global Entry. Consider this if you are a frequent flyer, travel internationally, or want to avoid the lines in security and at customs. Remember to use the number when booking all flights.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group.

You are more likely to get TSA Pre if you are in a frequent flyer program. TSA Pre selections have been tightened due to the larger number of travelers who already have expedited clearance. To get TSA Pre you must be traveling on one of the 12 airlines or to one of the 150 airports that accept TSA Pre.

You can apply for TSA Pre but getting a Known Traveler Number (KTN). The cost is $85 plus an interview. This is only valid where TSA Pre is offered.

Other TSA hints:

  • Get notarized parent permission letters when one parent is traveling alone with children or if you are taking children who aren’t yours with you on a trip.
  • Check to see if you need an international drivers license.
  • Get appraisal receipts if you purchase jewelry.
  • Declare everything even things bought duty free.
  • Bring your medications in the original container.
  • Traveling with brand new electronics or expensive camera? Bring receipts. (under 6 months old).
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