So, let’s talked trusted traveler programs! They’ve been on my mind as I recently got an email reminding me that it was time to renew my Global Entry membership. Also Cleveland Hopkins, our local airport, recently added CLEAR screening capabilities. With something new to consider, it seemed like a good time to review all the options and benefits.
People that may benefit from a trusted traveler program (or two) include:
- Frequent travelers, natch! In airports every week? Take back a little “you” time.
- Anxious travelers. Do crowds and the “hurry up and wait” component of travel set your heart a-flutter? Buy yourself some extra time and space with one of these programs.
- Traveling with multiple small children. Dread the herding of cats every time you enter the airport? Take one or two to-do’s off your plate.
- Elderly travelers or those who travel often with an elderly friend/relative. While it’s true that those over 75 don’t need to remove shoes or light jackets during screening, if they travel somewhat frequently or internationally, a trusted traveler program will offer additional benefits that might help reduce the cumbersome/stressful nature of travel.
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