Catching a Flight? How to Get from Curbside to Your Seat in Mere Minutes

Security checkpoint at JFK's Terminal 7

Security checkpoint at JFK's Terminal 7

By Paul Riegler on 6 May 2016
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As summer approaches, security checkpoint and passport control lines at airports are getting longer and travelers at many airports are seeing wait times that exceed the norm, with conditions expected to only get worse.

In February, the manager of the world’s largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Miguel Southwell, threatened to replace the TSA with a private contractor because the wait times were so bad.

While federal security officials say they are hiring and training hundreds of additional screening officers, matters are not expected to improve anytime soon.

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Some travelers, however, don’t have to wait at all.

You could be one of them.

Here’s how to use a combination of private and public services to keep the time you spend in a line at a minimum.


FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira boasts of having gone from curbside to being seated in the aircraft at San Francisco International Airport in less than eight minutes.   His secret: he is eligible to use PreCheck lines at airport security checkpoints thanks to his membership in the Global Entry trusted traveler program.

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