Loews offers expedited TSA screening

Loews Hotels is offering its YouFirst Platinum loyalty rewards members complimentary enrollment in the Transportation Security Administration’s Trusted Traveler Network Global Entry program via by incurring the cost of the US$100 application fee. With a Global Entry membership, U.S. citizens are automatically qualified to participate in expedited screening with TSA PreCheck.

Current Platinum YouFirst members will receive an e-mail with this exclusive one-time offer, which will expire in 60 days.

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program (CBP) that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers upon arrival in the United States. Using an automated kiosk, travelers scan their passports and fingerprints, answer the customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit with the whole process taking approximately a minute to complete.

Loews Chairman Jonathan Tisch and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday announced a joint effort to promote the endeavor, which incorporates the CBP’s Global Entry and the TSA PreCheck programs.

Loews Hotels is the first hotel company to work in conjunction with the two offices within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to offer these programs to guests to enhance the travel experience.

“As the Loews Hotels portfolio continues to expand, we are dedicated to improving our guests’ complete travel experience from airport security checkpoints to hotel check-ins,” said Paul Whetsell, CEO and President of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “To be the first hotel brand to offer this service demonstrates that we understand the needs of travelers, especially those who travel frequently for business.”