Be Prepared and Speed Up Your Airport Travel

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Like being prepared for our dogs when they are ready to birth, being prepared for travel is a very important thing.  This past month has been a prime example of what weather can do during winter. Conditions can change extremely quick and are not always in our control.  What also isn’t in our control is when the government strikes or remains in a partial strike. The government has more impact on the smooth departure for your vacations than you may have realized.  Due to the most recent striking, some of the TSA check points at major airports were affected due to limited staffing.  The TSA is the Transportation Security Administration set up by the government as a response to the 911 attacks and is the authority over the security over the traveling public in the United States.
Here are a couple things you can get to help speed things up if you’re an avid traveler during times of striking.  You can apply for TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry.  TSA Pre-Check is a US Government program that allows travelers that are deemed low risk to pass through an expedited security screening at certain US airports.  It cost about $85 to get this and takes about 4 weeks to have it processed.  Global Entry is a US customs and boarder protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved low risk travelers upon arrival in the US.  With Global Entry you will receive a known traveler number and a card. The cost is $100 and is good for 5 years.  The length of time to get your approval depends on the application being approved, followed by an in person interview with the nearest TSA office to you.   Global entry is good for International and Domestic travel whereas the TSA Pre-check is for United States only.  You can go to the following website and apply for either if you meet the pre-qualifications.
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/card
If you are someone who does travel, I would highly recommend you invest in the global entry card as the government is continues to be as unpredictable as the weather and your travel may be delayed due to it.   With having either of these it just allows your time at the airport to be quicker and smoother with less hassle through the security check points.

Andrea Ward is an independent travel consultant of Boomerang Escapes, who is based in Wisconsin.

She has been planning vacation escapes for the company since 2013 and specializes in Caribbean Destinations. Her primary focus is on the all-inclusive vacation experience for adult or family getaways for individuals and small groups. Sandals and AMResorts are among the specialist certificates she holds.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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