Dear Reader,

If you have Global Entry, you might be wondering if you still need TSA PreCheck. It's a common question, and I'm here to provide you with a comprehensive answer.

Let's start by understanding what Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are. Global Entry is a trusted traveler program administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers when entering the United States. With Global Entry, you can skip the long immigration lines and use automated kiosks to complete your entry process quickly.

On the other hand, TSA PreCheck is a program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that provides expedited security screening at participating U.S. airports. With TSA PreCheck, you can enjoy benefits such as keeping your shoes, belts, and light jackets on, leaving your laptop and liquids in your bag, and going through a dedicated security lane.

Now, to answer your question: having Global Entry does not automatically include TSA PreCheck. While both programs offer expedited travel benefits, they serve different purposes and have separate application processes.

Comparison Between Global Entry and TSA PreCheck

ProgramPurposeApplication ProcessBenefits
Global EntryFacilitates expedited entry into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelersOnline application, background check, in-person interview, and fingerprintingNo processing lines, no paperwork, access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
TSA PreCheckSpeeds up security screening at airports for domestic and some international flightsOnline application, background check, and in-person appointmentFaster security screening, no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets

If you frequently travel within the United States, TSA PreCheck can be a valuable addition to your Global Entry membership. It allows you to breeze through security checkpoints, saving you time and reducing the stress of air travel. TSA PreCheck is available at over 200 airports across the country, making it a convenient option for domestic travelers.

To apply for TSA PreCheck, you need to complete a separate application and undergo a background check. However, if you already have Global Entry, you can apply for TSA PreCheck through a streamlined process. Simply log in to your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account, complete the application, and schedule an appointment for an in-person interview. During the interview, you'll provide your fingerprints and have your documents verified.

Once approved for TSA PreCheck, you'll receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN), which you can add to your airline reservations. This will ensure that you receive the TSA PreCheck benefits on your boarding passes.

In summary, while Global Entry offers expedited clearance for international travel, TSA PreCheck enhances your domestic travel experience. If you frequently travel within the United States, I highly recommend applying for TSA PreCheck in addition to your Global Entry membership. The combination of both programs will provide you with a seamless and efficient travel experience, whether you're flying internationally or domestically.

Safe travels and happy exploring!

James Harper

James Harper
Outdoor Adventures, Hiking, Wildlife, Cultural History, Geology

James Harper is a professional travel guide and writer with a passion for outdoor adventures. He has led groups on treks through the Himalayas, safaris in Africa, and hikes in the Rockies. James enjoys sharing his love for the outdoors and his knowledge of different cultures with his readers.