What’s the best way for New England business travelers to make it through airport security quickly and efficiently? Having a Known Traveler Number provides travelers with an easy way to surpass the long lines at the airport and it allows security officials to focus their efforts on higher risk travelers – which makes us all safer. You can do that through TSA’s PreCheck screening process or through Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry, Nexus or Sentri programs. Here is some information on these programs and how and where you can get on the list in the New England region.
TSA Pre✓ is an expedited security screening program in which passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited security screening. If you’re a part of this program you don’t have to remove your shoes, light jackets, belt, laptop or 3-1-1 liquids from your bag. TSA Pre✓ is offered by the following airlines in New England’s major airports:
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) – click for airlines
- Manchester – Boston Regional Airport (MHT) – click for airlines
- Providence – Green Airport (PVT) – click for airlines
How to apply for TSA Pre✓ in New England:
You can start the application process by visiting the TSA’s website here. The process includes filling out an online application, scheduling an appointment at an enrollment center of your choosing, and then attending that enrollment center to complete your enrollment. There are many locations in Boston, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut. Find the closest location to you by entering your address here. TSA Pre✓ costs $85 and is good for five years.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that speeds up the customs process for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports, including Boston Logan and most other international airports in the US. Travelers who sign up for Global Entry also receive a Known Traveler Number, which will allow them to use TSA Pre✓.
Where to register and get interviewed for Global Entry in New England
To apply for Global Entry, you must complete an online application, which can be found here. Once the CBP has reviewed your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers, which include the following (click the links for address and contact information):
At the interview a CBP officer will ask you questions, take your photo and collect biometric information such as a fingerprint scan. There is a $100 non-refundable fee for your Global Entry application and it’s good for five years, making it very worthwhile since it also includes Pre✓.