Fast Track Security in the UK
Many of the busiest airports in the UK now offer a fast track security pass. At some airports a pass can be pre-purchased, but at others a pass will need to be purchased at the airport - which is a good opportunity to assess the queues once you’re at the airport and judge whether you think the pass will be worthwhile.
Travelling as a family?
Note that there are no freebies for children, and most airports require all passengers, including children and babies, to purchase a fast-track ticket. Also, be warned that some schemes, including those at Manchester and Stansted, will not let you through if you have a buggy, pram, or car seat.
Can I advance book my fast track pass?
This depends on the airport you are travelling through. Some airports, such as Gatwick and Glasgow, only allow advance bookings. But at most other airports, you purchase a fast-track ticket in the terminal. At East Midlands, Manchester and London Stansted, purchasing a pass at the airport is the same as advance purchasing a pass - so you might want to wait until you arrive to judge how long the queues are before buying your pass. But note that at other airports it may be more expensive.
Fast Track Security in the USA
When leaving the USA: TSA PreCheck
TSA Precheck is a service that allows some passengers departing from US airports to fast track the security screening process. TSA PreCheck is a purchasable pass and available for a number of low-risk travelers. TSA PreCheck is only valid with certain airlines - more information can be found in our TSA PreCheck guide.
When entering the USA:
Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection program, allowing expedited clearance for pre-approved and low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States. Eligible passengers enter the United States through automatic kiosks at (select) airports. More information can be found here.