If you’re in a pinch and about to miss your flight or if you just want to experience speedy luxury, you can now pay $35 and zoom past security at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
Thanks to VIPOne, travelers can breeze through security in style. Instead of skipping the regular line and waiting in another one like TSA PreCheck or CLEAR, passengers who use VIPOne access their own private security point where “personal agents” meet them and escort them through a calm and private process.
Currently only available in JFK's Terminal 1 (arguably the most chaotic of all the terminals), the VIPOne access point is hidden off to the side. Passengers enter through a private lounge, where they’re greeted by someone who is dedicated to escorting them through the security process.
“The agent took the bins and my carry-on and opened a side door, where I then found myself right at the front of the TSA line,” Zach Griff of The Points Guy wrote when he experienced the service. “There was an agent waiting there to check my passport, and within seconds I was whisked right to the front of the X-ray machine.”
There are three tiers of service. The first (costing $35) is Silver, which includes only the expedited and assisted access through security. First class passengers on Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa have Silver service already included in their ticket price. The Gold service includes direct security access, but also has curbside baggage assistance, help with check-in and an escort to your boarding gate. Platinum is the highest level of service ($200 per person) and includes all these services, in addition to the Primeclass Lounge.
The service is available to purchase online before your flight. An annual membership is $275 and includes unlimited expedited service for the passenger and one travel companion.