Most Important Travel Trends of 2013
Courtesy of Global Entry
Security: Airports Will Get (Even) More Clubby
If you want to avoid long lines, you’d better get yourself into the right club.
The U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Global Entry, which allows travelers who have submitted to background checks to simply swipe their passports at a kiosk and speed through customs, has now spread to 39 airports worldwide.
TSA’s PreCheck can eliminate the need to remove shoes, laptops, and liquids at nearly three dozen airports. The program taps travelers from Global Entry, domestic airlines’ frequent-flier clubs, and now the Loews Hotels & Resorts loyalty program.
The biometrics-based airport-security program from Clear, which went bankrupt back in 2009, was resurrected last year. For an annual fee of $179, members get to jump to the front of the security lines in the Denver, Dallas, and San Francisco airports—with more U.S. hubs in the pipeline.