TSA Trusted Traveler Program On the Horizon

by on July 15, 2011 · 6 comments

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In May I wrote about TSA’s plans to implement a trusted traveler program – where verified travelers can get through security quicker. This program was widely applauded in the frequent flyer community and it now looks like it is one step closer to launching.

Delta recently sent me the following email and based on reader emails, it looks like several other airlines sent a similar message at the same time. Details are still scarce, but it sounds good.

If you don’t already have it, I highly recommend Global Entry (free for Amex Platinum Cardholders), which I wrote about on here. Someone even told me that my post, creatively titled “Global Entry Rocks My World,” is hanging up in the JFK Global Entry office. If someone can take a picture that would be great!

Delta email:

Hello Mr. Points Guy,
We want to keep you – one of our most frequent flyers – up to date on the latest information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

As you may have heard, TSA will be conducting a number of trials this fall that test modified screening procedures for some passengers traveling through select security checkpoints within the U.S. We will be cooperating with TSA as they begin a trial in our Atlanta and Detroit hubs at select checkpoints.

During the first phase of testing, certain frequent fliers and members of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global EntrySENTRI, and NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs who are U.S. citizens will be eligible to participate in this trial which could qualify them for expedited screening.

TSA will determine eligibility for inclusion in the trial on a per-flight-segment basis and does not guarantee that you would receive expedited screening on future travel. To be considered, you will be required to opt in for this trial. Details on the opt-in process will follow in future communications.

We appreciate your patience while TSA tests these adjustments to their screening process that ultimately may expedite the screening for airline passengers and improve your travel experience.

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  • Michael

    American sent the same E-mail to its Executive Platinum members.

  • The Rapid Traveler

    I hope it turns into something useful, Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI are great for immigration and help at security would be awesome. I recently posted on these programs and the new Global Entry card (released 7/12) at:

  • GlobalCam

    Global Entry is free for Platinum Amex members, as written here, but where you live affects the final outcome. After you are conditionally approved by the Feds via internet (which takes a couple of days), then you are given instructions to schedule an in-person appointment to complete the deal. I think you have 30 days to do this.

    I live in Phoenix.the nearest federal facility equipped to finalize Global Entry is in Nogales, AZ– 2.5 hrs south at the Border. Hours are limited and appointment slots are scarce. I barely got the last appt. on the last Friday of July. Nothing available before that date.

    So I will be taking the day off work, which I really did not want to do because I’ve scheduled a trip to Tokyo on Delta next month. But thanks to this blog I will earn double miles and I will be flying as Silver Medallion, soon to be Gold.

    Thanks TPG!

  • Andrew Fielding

    I didn’t see your post on the wall last month when I was at the GE office in NYC, but I didn’t look very hard (had no idea it was supposed to be there :))

  • Sohan Tanna

    Instead of this, they should just trial remove the TSA :p

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