TSA Pre Check: Definitely Worth It!

Nothing puts a damper on air travel like a horrendous TSA security checkpoint.

Hundreds of people, screaming kids, and the slow shuffle of travelers who would rather be at home in bed… sounds fun, right? Well imagine this! Bypass the TSA crowd and stepPrint into a line of 5-20 people enjoying the perks of TSA PreCheck.

Keep your shoes on folks, you’ve already been screened and accepted into this new travel lifestyle!

By becoming a TSA PreChecked flyer you now reap the rewards of arriving at the airport later than you needed to before, can forgo the gross airport floor in socks, and can keep that belt or jacket on as well! With a simple online application and quick visit to a local TSA PreCheck office, you will be set to fly for five years.

Here is why I suggest becoming a TSA PreCheck flyer!

I fly a lot for work! By far the worst airport to fly during rush hour is JFK in New York. Hoards of people rush to the airport after wholesale fashion markets. After being on your feet all day pushing clothes from multiple designers, the last thing us sales girls wanted to do was stand in a TSA line. We decide to all become TSA PreCheck flyers and man has it made all the difference. Whether we were flying out of LAX or Burbank (if you know the two airports one is much easier and faster to navigate than the other), then you know how much time you need to allot for security, bags, and navigating your way to your gate. With TSA PreCheck you aren’t garunteed a shorter TSA line, but the speed is always much quicker. Since you have already been pre-checked by TSA, and the government, you are not required to open your bags, remove your laptop, shoes, or jacket, and in most cases can leave liquids in your bags. You still can’t bring water bottles through the line, but the mini shampoos and conditioners will be safe inside your bag.

Scroll down for a more in-depth look at TSA PreCheck and more information regarding applying for it.

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TSA Pre Best for:

  • US citizens and lawful permanent residents who primarily fly within the United State

Price:

  • $85 application fee

Process:

  • Apply online HERE
  • Schedule an appointment at an enrollment center
  • Attend a 10 minute interview which will include a background check and fingerprinting
  • Become TSA PreChecked and received a KTN (Known Traveler Number)
  • Enjoy TSA PreCheck for 5 years

My experience during the 10 minute interview was amazing! Compared to a TSA checkpoint, my appointment was swift and painless.

I checked in 5-8 minutes before my scheduled appointment and was invited early to meet with a representative. I was asked if I had any prior convictions and or jail time, how often I fly and why, and general information about myself including my social security number. I was asked to place my fingers on a special scanner and instantly my fingerprints were taken. Lastly, I was asked for my signature and then I was sent on my happy way!

Within two weeks I received a paper with a “KTN” Known Traveler Number and this is the number I always provide when purchasing a flight. When you pull up your electric or paper boarding pass a little PreCheck symbol will appear in the corner noting that you are free and clear to bypass the long and tedious TSA line and head to the much shorter, much quicker TSA PreCheck line.

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My opinion on TSA PreCheck:

DO IT!

Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, for an $85 fee this will save you time and money. If you are like me and prefer to use your time wisely, then become TSA PreChecked. It’s easy and the benefits are great!

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Building the Scratch Globe

 

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Hey World Travelers! Looking for an awesome and creative way to track all the places you have visited? Check out the Jane Wandering Scratch Globe!

We all love the Original, Ocean, Deluxe, and USA Scratch Maps available on Jane Wandering, but have you seen the Scratch Globe? This awesome new take on the original Scratch Maps is a Do-It-Yourselfer’s dream come true! All the pieces for this awesome globe are shipped ready to be bent, folded, and constructed. No need for glue, scissors, or tape!

We have put together a little how-to article for everyone curious about this product or those of you who are ready to construct one yourself! For the full detailed construction instructions, click HERE!

Let’s get started!

First you’ll notice all parts A have fold lines down the center, start by folding A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 so that the printed pattern is on the outside.

All these pieces make up the inside of each vertical segment – a bit like a Chocolate Orange, but thankfully this won’t melt or spoil your Christmas dinner…

Parts B and C make up the horizontal pieces that create the internal structure that all A parts slot into – think of them as mini pizzas!

Step 1

Take A1 and hold vertically with the patterned side facing outwards.

Step 2 

Insert B1 into the top slot.

Insert C1 into the second slot.

Insert C2 into the third slot.

Insert B2 into the bottom slot.

Make sure you slot these sections all the all the way in so that they are secure. It should look like this:

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Step 3
Insert A2 through A8 into the empty slots around the edge. It’s easiest to slide the bottom section all the way in first and then the others will follow suit!

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Once complete, it should look like this:
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Step 4

Starting with D1, place the outer layers onto the Scratch Globe slotting the folded down edges into the gaps at each side. If you’re a travel pro/keen adventurer we won’t need to tell you the direction to do this in because you’ll already be bursting with knowledge about the world. For the rest of you (we’re only judging you a little bit)…it’s anti-clockwise.

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Step 5

Give this 3D Scratch Map to a wanderlust filled friend and let them start scratching off their adventures! Or after all that effort, you might want to keep it for yourself and get them another one!

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We love our office Scratch Globe! The only problem is, once we finished constructing the globe and then scratching off where we had been we realized one HUGE problem. There is SO MUCH of this beautiful world we have yet to explore. To correct this problem we have started planning our next trip to… drumroll please… ICELAND!! Get ready to follow our new Blog posts as we prep, save, and pack for our next adventure!

Check out more Jane Wandering products HERE and follow our Instagram and Pinterest for more map fun!!

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Hello From Jane

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Hello All!

Jane here! I wanted to drop a line and say HELLO from our brand spankin’ new blog.

Like the Jane Wandering website, our blog will provide an abundance of travel ideas, tips, decor, and destinations. If you have an affinity for travel then you have come to the right place!

We want your input too! Curious about any of our products? Want a ‘how-to’ on a travel DIY project on our website? Or maybe you have an awesome travel destination suggestion! Use the Contact page or send us a quick email here and we will respond within 12 hours.

Everyone at Jane Wandering is looking forward to this awesome new step in our company and for this exciting way to share our travels with you all!

Cheers!

– Jane

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