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Why TSA Pre Check Is A Game Changer

TSA Pre-Check Makes Flying Fun Again Security at the airport can be a stressful nightmare and thanks to the TSA Pre Check I’m actually enjoying flying again. I was fed up with waiting in long lines, removing my shoes and all the other annoyances that came along with air travel. Thankfully the Transportation Safety Administration […]

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TSA Pre-Check Makes Flying Fun Again

Security at the airport can be a stressful nightmare and thanks to the TSA Pre Check I’m actually enjoying flying again. I was fed up with waiting in long lines, removing my shoes and all the other annoyances that came along with air travel. Thankfully the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) saw this common problem and worked together with the airports and airlines to fix it.

 

The Pre Check is a one-time security screening, where the TSA vets you as a safe passenger who shows no threat to the safety of the airport or it’s passengers. I’m a believer, I have seen the grass on the other side and boy oh boy is it greener. I no longer arrive two whole hours before my flight, and my stress levels have fallen dramatically. Air travel is quickly becoming fun again, and thanks to the TSA, you can enjoy it too.  I’m a TSA Pre Check member and it has literally changed the way I travel.  All I can do is spread the good word about the pre check and it’s benefits, since I honestly see no drawbacks.

 

TSA Pre Check Basics

TSA Benefits

 

If you are a business traveler or a once a year get a way type, TSA Pre Check will completely change the way you fly. Gone are the long lines, the frustration and the hurry up to wait mentality. With a simple online application, a small fee ($85 and good for 5 years) and a small interview process (15 minutes), your airport travel could be simplified to the MAX.

 

TSA Pre Check is valid in the US only, so if you want the full worldwide service, Global Entry is what you want, but it requires a valid passport and is $15 more. I highly recommend going with the Global Entry since TSA Pre Check is included for free and is internationally recognized. With Global Entry you also get preferential treatment in customs and you will never have to fill out a declaration sheet again.

 

I’ll focus on the TSA Pre Check in this article and guide you through all the steps to the airport bliss that awaits you.

 

Hard Sell

 

Still not sure you want to pay $85 to be put on a safe to fly list, ok, here are your benefits. Every passenger who books flights using their TSA “Known Traveler Number,” can skip the long security line and won’t have to remove their shoes, take out their laptop or liquids. Basically TSA Pre Check is a fast track through security that allows you less time in general in the airport. To me, that’s a win-win situation; the airport has one less traveler to worry about and one less person clogging up the entire system.

 

Imagine traveling without the added stress of dealing with long lines at security and the frustration of taking off your shoes, jacket and belts. What a relief it’s going to be to not have to dig out your laptop or plastic bag full of toiletries every time you fly. Think about traveling during the holidays and the nightmarish situations that await you, with TSA Pre Check your annoyance levels will just diminish and traveling will become fun again.

 

These benefits will be good for 5 years and over 150 airports in the US participate in TSA Pre Check. The overall process is so simple that you really have no excuse not to sign up.

 

 

Super simple process that will forever change the way you fly.

 

Important Details 

 

First just follow the link to the TSA Pre Check application (TSA Pre Check signup), which should only take about 5-10 minutes. Next schedule an appointment for the interview and background check, which should take 15 minutes. There are over 380 TSA Pre Check enrollment centers located all over the US. Every participating airport has a center as well as most major cities. Simply schedule your appointment and after a quick sit down with the proper authorities, you are given a “Known Traveler number” that is your fast pass through security.

 

Last year the TSA estimated that people traveling with a Pre Check waited 5 minutes to get through security. That alone should sell you on the process and with this easy to follow guide, you have no excuses.

 

Check with your credit card company as many offer TSA Pre Check as part of their perks rewards. Not all airlines or airports participate with the TSA Pre-Check, but you can check here for a comprehensive list.

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Air Canada Announces Reopening of Delhi-Toronto Route

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To help eradicate COVID-19 transmission within Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau imposed several travel restrictions, limiting entry into the country. Thus, most foreigners cannot travel to Canada despite owning a valid visa or even an eTA (electronic travel authorization).

At present, however, Air Canada has resumed its Delhi-Toronto flights. This arrangement will last from 15 to 30 August. Flights are scheduled during Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. At the moment, tickets are already for sale via GDS and all the different travel agencies.

Guidelines for Entering Canada

Nevertheless, there are several guidelines that necessitate strict adherence.

Who is allowed to Enter Canada?

As mentioned, not everyone is allowed to enter Canadian borders. Nonetheless, passengers who will be originating from Delhi may be the following:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Dual Canadian citizens with either:

a. a Canadian passport or

b. a distinct authorization permit

  • Canadian permanent residents
  • Students
  • Work permit holders
  • Indian passport holders with valid visitor visas

Indian Nationals Allowed to Enter Canada

Nevertheless, several guidelines must be followed. Indian passport holders with valid visitor visas must be either of the following:

  • Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident who will be staying in Canada for a minimum of 15 days
  • An Indian national who is travelling for an essential reason

Who is considered an Immediate Family Member?

Immediate family members are the following:

  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent child
  • Dependent child or a dependent child
  • Parent
  • Step-parent
  • Guardian
  • Tutor

Before Boarding a Flight for Canada

Before you are allowed to board the plane bound for Canada, passengers must be able to:

  • Pass the health check done by the airlines
  • Wear a face mask upon arrival in the airport, upon boarding the plane, and during the flight

Arriving in Canada

When arriving in Canada, here are things you should do.

  • Provide personal details via the travel contact information form which is available via

a. The ArriveCAN mobile app (available for both iOS and Android)

b. An available online form

c. A paper-based form

  • Have yourself examined and screened by the quarantine or board services officer who will assess you for COVID-19 symptoms

Quarantine Requirements

Upon arrival in Canada, you will be examined for COVID-19 symptoms. All foreigners must provide 14-day quarantine details which include:

The place you will stay in

  • How you will get there
  • How you will purchase your groceries
  • How you will access various essential services
  • How will you get emergency and medical care

Quarantine is a compulsory requirement. Even individuals with no visible COVID-19 symptoms are mandated to strictly follow this order. Border services officers will determine your eligibility to enter the country or not.

Penalties for not following these guidelines shall be:

  • An up to $750,000 fine
  • Jail time of up to 6 months
  • Removal from Canadian soil
  • A 1-year ban from entering the country

Summary

Air Canada shall be operating the Delhi-Toronto route from 15 to 30 August. However, all requirements must be fulfilled so that Canada’s entry is approved upon arrival.

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Americans Show Strong Willingness to Travel Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

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A currently trending topic is Americans’ strong willingness to travel amid the looming number of COVID-19 cases all within the country and all over the world. A recent survey of 746 US residents asserts that 72% plan to travel in 2020 while 91% of them aim to take either domestic or international trips. The said survey shows that despite the present travel bans imposed on Americans bound for Europe and other countries around the world, overseas travel is both due to preference and necessity for many of the respondents.

According to the same survey, 64% profess that COVID-19 has heavily affected their travel capacity in the coming months. They mention that some of the consequences of the COVID-19 situation are the following:

  • Quarantine protocols;
  • Health risks;
  • Prioritization of basic necessities;
  • Unemployment issues;
  • Depleted savings;
  • Travel restrictions/bans

In a separate June study, it was found out that 46 million Americans plan to travel via a recreational vehicle (RV) within the next 12 months—a sudden increase from the 2019 survey that cites only 25 million planning to do the same.

Most US residents mention that they want to visit several places including Colorado, Wyoming, Maine, Oregon, and Vermont this coming winter. Included in the same list are California, Hawaii, Nevada, South Carolina, and Utah.

Most of the states mentioned currently have the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths:

  • Hawaii has only 2 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants;
  • Wyoming records 4 deaths per 100,000 residents;
  • Oregon has 6 deaths for every 100,000 individuals; and
  • Utah has 8 deaths per 100,000 people.

The data shows that most American travellers seem to research the COVID-19 situation in their intended travel destination before finalizing their vacation plans.

When asked about when they plan to travel, just 14% of the respondents mention that they would want to take either an international or domestic trip right now. Similarly, 41% express the desire to travel as soon as travel restrictions are lifted, while 35% say that they plan to take a trip when a viable vaccine becomes available.

Summary

Despite the ever-increasing threat of COVID-19 infection worldwide and the ever-tightening travel restrictions imposed by various national and local governments, many Americans still express a strong desire to travel inside and outside the United States domestically and internationally. Nonetheless, the above-mentioned findings assert that many Americans desire to visit areas with few COVID-19 deaths.

Alongside the on-going race to find a potent vaccine to eradicate and prevent COVID-19 infection is the consistent and famous American pursuit of freedom and fulfillment—a poignant, yet inspiring, characteristic that must be perpetuated amid the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths within the country and all over the world. The pervading hope that everything eventually returns to normal is something that keeps everyone going despite the drastic changes due to this unprecedented catastrophe.

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Holy Cow, TSA PreCheck has gone International

New Airlines Announce TSA PreCheck Participation   The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced 11 new airlines are participating in the PreCheck program. What does that mean? It means eleven more chances to skip the security line and breeze through the airport. Many of these new airlines are international, which alleviates concerns that many travelers […]

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New Airlines Announce TSA PreCheck Participation

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced 11 new airlines are participating in the PreCheck program. What does that mean? It means eleven more chances to skip the security line and breeze through the airport. Many of these new airlines are international, which alleviates concerns that many travelers had. Before, all participating airlines were domestic and this was a huge hurdle that the TSA overcame today. 

The TSA PreCheck program was launched a few years ago in response to the popularity of their random selection process. Predating Pre Check, the TSA would select passengers they believed were low risk, usually the elderly and frequent flyers. This program caused some controversy and is slowly being phased out, especially with the popularity of the PreCheck.

The PreCheck program started off slowly with only a few participating airlines and airports, but now 30 airlines and over 150 airports are on board. See what I did there, that’s a plane pun, oh boy.

This is a huge win for the TSA, who since their inception after 9/11, they haven’t had the best reputation. Many frequent flyers were reluctant to join the PreCheck program without international transporters. The new influx of international carriers should boost the program to new heights.

The new airlines are Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic, and Xtra Airways. I had to double check because I thought someone was playing a trick on me, like some of these airlines sound made up. I mean, Xtra Airlines sounds like a bad celebrity news show and Key Line Airlines sounds like a tasty pie, but oh well, cheap flights are cheap flights.

Here are all the TSA PreCheck Participants

 

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

United Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Allegiant Airlines

Southwest Airlines

OneJet

JetBlue Airlines

Virgin America

Lufthansa

Etihad Airways

CapeAir

Hawaiian Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Air Canada

Aeromexico

WestJet

Emirates (New)

Virgin Atlantic (New)

Aruba Airlines (New)

Avianca (New)

Key Lime Air (New)

Sunwing Airlines (New)

Xtra Airlines (New)

Southern Airways Express (New)

Spirit Airlines (New)

Miami Air International (New)

Boutique Airlines (New)

Seaborne Airlines

Sun Country Airlines

Overview

TSA PreCheck is a program that allows passengers to avoid the hassle of security lines by being vetted ahead of time. This is extremely valuable in saving time and lessening frustrations. The program only costs $85 and is good for 5 years. Simple signup process, all you need to do is fill out this application. https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

Then just schedule an appointment here

Once you have done these two easy steps, your background will be checked and then you will receive a Known Flyer Number, this is your pass to freedom. Gone are the days of taking your shoes off, belts off and laptops out. Again, the fee is only $85 and lasts for 5v whole years. So even if you only fly once a year, the $85 will be well worth it. You aren’t only helping yourself out; you are helping out every other passenger and TSA employee.

I can’t recommend TSA PreCheck more.

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