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July 18, 2018
Airport Security: TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear
What to do? Grin and bear it — then promptly sign up for an expedited-screening program before your next flight.
Many travelers know about PreCheck and Global Entry. Now passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have a third security program to consider: Clear.
Clear is a privately run program that debuted at Sky Harbor on Wednesday, July 11.
Sky Harbor, whose advisory board approved the addition of Clear last September, is the 25th U.S. airport to offer the service. It will initially be available at the four security checkpoints in Terminal 4, home to giant American and Southwest airlines. It will be added later to Terminals 3 and 2.
Clear has 2 million members and brags that you can complete the enrollment in five or 10 minutes. It's the priciest line-skipping option ($179 per year) and probably the least understood.
7 things to know about Clear
Clear vs. TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry
TSA PreCheck: This program is offered by the Transportation Security Administration. It offers a fast pass through security, subject to a background check and fingerprinting, at more than 200 U.S. airports. The cost is $85 for five years. Travelers get dedicated lines at security checkpoints, keep their shoes and jackets on and leave approved liquids and electronics in their carry-on bags. About 6 million people have PreCheck.
Global Entry: International travelers favor this program, run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It includes TSA PreCheck plus expedited immigration and customs processing for travelers flying into the U.S. after international travel. It costs $100 for five years and requires a background check, fingerprints and a valid passport or permanent resident card. More than 5 million people have Global Entry.
Copyright 2018 Gannett. All rights reserved. From https://www.usatoday.com. By Dawn Gilbertson, Arizona Republic.
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