For many, the lines at airports have become an inevitable part of airline travel. Fortunately, there have been some efforts in recent years to improve these endless bottlenecks at airports. 

TSA Precheck

These precheck lines are available at more than 200 airports and 70 airlines in the United States. The program boasts that in 2019, passengers waited less than five minutes. 

How does it work? 

It lets travelers access a separate (and usually shorter) line through airport security. Typically you can leave electronics and liquids in your bag. Shoes, belts, and other personal articles can also be kept on. It is necessary to complete an online form about your appearance and criminal history. You will then have a 10-minute in-person interview with a TSA official including fingerprinting, a photograph, and a background check at an enrollment center.

Global Entry

Global Entry provides expedited U.S. customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. Members also receive TSA PreCheck benefits described above. Global Entry is a program run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. 

Just like TSA PreCheck, access to the program allows you to skip the long line at security when you’re departing the United States. It also speeds you through passport control when you arrive back at an American airport after being overseas. At passport control, you get to skip the long line, skip the paperwork and instead answer a few questions at a computer kiosk. 

Clear

A privately run company using fingerprints and eyeball recognition. It is available at more than 60 airports and sports and event stadiums across the country. This membership allows you to cut out the initial check-in line. Security checks will still be necessary.