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Good news! According to USA Today, Congress has approved funds to add more TSA screeners.
Hopefully this means less waiting in line at the airport…and more time spent enjoying your vacation! 😉
Here’s more about this news.
TSA Increasing the Number of Security Screeners at Airports Nationwide
Congress has approved funding for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), allowing them to spend more money on day-to-day operations. Like adding more TSA screeners at airport security lines!
The TSA will convert ~2,700 part-time screeners to full-time and hire an additional 600 TSA officers. In doing so, they’ll be able to open 53 more security lines throughout the US this year.
Cards That Offer Free Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
Plus, with Global Entry you’ll get through US Customs faster when you travel back to the US!
Global Entry is available at 59 airports worldwide. It costs $100 to apply and is valid for 5 years. But the fee is refunded if you pay with one of these cards:
- American Express Platinum (personal)
- American Express Platinum (small business)
- The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
- Citi Prestige® Card
These cards also offer a TSA PreCheck ($85) reimbursement (but you can’t get both TSA PreCheck and Global Entry credits – you must choose).
You’re eligible for the fee reimbursement once every 5 years.
You can read more about both programs here. And don’t forget about these tips for getting a quicker Global Entry appointment.
I’m happy about this news! Let me know about your experience getting through security on your next trip!