Travel tip #1 for clinical operations: Airline PreCheck

Today’s blog is entry #1 addressing tips and tricks for efficient travel – we like to call it:

Hart’s Voyagers—Travel tips from HCC

CRAs and industry players move…often.  With regular travel comes the acquisition of short-cuts and navigation-related tips to help us reach our destination(s) prepared and with sanity intact.

Whether you are a Clinical Research Associate or an Executive Vice President, you need air travel to be as easy as possible without hassles to help you do your job well. This is the first in a series of travel tips for clinical operations personnel.

For Hart Clinical Consultants’, Bryan Petrisko, Senior CRA, the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of hassle-free travel is TSA PreCheck. He says,

“It’s wonderful! No more taking off shoes, belts, jackets, or taking stuff out of my bags.”


According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, several programs exist to help expedite entry into the United States. These programs are known as Trusted Traveler Programs. For air travel specifically, the programs include Global Entry and NEXUS to allow streamlined clearance through customs. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides TSA Pre-Check, which allows for expedited security screening. Members of PreCheck are not required to remove their shoes, belts, light jackets, and laptops or liquids for screening. Members use an expedited security line, which can save a lot of time. According to TSA,

“In June 2016, 95% of [PreCheck] members waited in line 5 minutes or less.”

Clearly, for U.S. domestic travel, TSA PreCheck is your ace-in-the-hole. However, according to Peter, The Travel Detective, membership in Global Entry, which includes a $100 fee, makes you automatically eligible for TSA PreCheck, with no additional fee (PreCheck is normally $85). His website recommends that for the added $15 of Global Entry, you get access to the benefits of both programs, so “why not spend a little more to get a lot more?”

Stay tuned for our next clinical operations travel tip: What’s in your briefcase?

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