Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TSA-Pre Check

Last year I went in and got the TSA Pre Check. This is a special line when going though Screening. It's a easy thing to get and if you make a couple trips a year it can be a good thing.

First go to the TSA website and fill out the application. You can fill it out online and submit it online.

Second make your appointment for your interview.

Third go and get a Money Order for $85. They don't take personal check, cards or cash.

Go to your interview. It is very simple. They go over your application and take your finger prints. This will take a few minutes depend on where you go.

After this is all done all you have to do is wait. TSA will a background check. Then in 45 days, sometimes faster, you will get a letter for TSA telling you have cleared. then you will be given a Known Traveler Number.

The number you will fill this number when ever you book a flight. If you have a account with the airline you can fill the information there.

When you get you boarding pass it will say "TSA Pre Check" and then you can go though the special line. You don't have to take out you laptop or you quart size of liquids. You don't have to take off your shoes or if you are wearing a light jacket.

Why I decided to get this is because the line at MCO can get very long. It can take a hour to go though. Going though TSA pre can take a few minutes.

In my first year I have used  on 4 trips. This is a new service. A lot of people have signed up for this service. If you are traveling though a big airport it can be a good thing.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Getting a Passsport

I finally got a passport. I have a friend that is planning on moving to Mexico and wants be to be able to travel there. Also I live in Arizona and the ID it doesn't have the travel star on it. They say that the ID's will be O K until 2020. So getting a passport might make things easy.

Getting a Passport is a simple thing. The first thing you should do is go a web site that has that application. Fill it out online. After it is filled out print it out. You can't file it online because you have to a passport agent to have to filed.

Second getting Photos. There are many places to get them taken. The price can vary by place. I got my taken at Costco. I have a card with them so I paid $5 for 4 photos.

Third going to a passport agency. There are many places are listed on the Gov travel site passport website.
I went to a passport agent that is at the University. I didn't have to make a appointment.

Fourth getting Money orders. To file the application you need a money order. There is a agent fee. Since I went to the University. I could pay it with my bank card. Other places will ask for a money.

Fifth going to file. Going to the University it was easy. Key is going there first thing in the morning close to opening. A lot of people are filing for passports and travel card so it get busy though the day.

Make sure that you have all papers that you need ready. To go thought the filling , they say 15-20 minutes. but if you have everything ready it can go fast.

After all that is the waiting. If you don't need it right away, they say  4-6 weeks. My passport came in 10 days.