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PHeymont

First time out with TSA Pre-check

by PHeymont »

My wife and I recently signed up for the Global Entry program, which is designed to speed up coming home from abroad. The program also includes access to the TSA Pre-check lanes at airport security. And that means, when available, no removing shoes and belts, laptops and liquids stay in the carry-on and light jackets stay on. Last week, leaving Newark, it was on my boarding pass but not my wife's, since she had just been approved the day before. So, I carried all our stuff, minus the yogurt that turned out to be considered a liquid, and beat her through by 20 minutes. Just now, at Tucson, we both had Pre-check, but there weren't enough passengers in the terminal to set up separate lanes. Instead, we were given passes to hand in at the scanner; it gave us all the benefits above except that the laptops had to come out. Still, less frazzled, less irritated, and feeling a little guilty at the privilege.
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paweber

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by paweber »

I've been in Pre-check for some time now. I get it on about 60% of my flights. No rhyme or reason - it's a random thing to keep unpredictability in the program. Sometimes I get it one way but not the other way.

I wouldn't feel guilty at all about having Pre-check privileges in a non Pre-check lane. You paid for it and hopefully if more passengers see you using it they'll be motivated to sign up as well. IMHO the Pre-check program is the way security should be for the vast majority of passengers. The shoe carnival approach should be the exception.

Seems to me your yogurt is medically necessary. Just sayin'...  cheeky

 

 

 

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PHeymont

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by PHeymont »

I actually meant I felt a little guilty at having Pre-check at all, in whatever lane...because it SHOULD be the norm. They've had nearly ten years now; they should be able, by now, to check all these things without disrobing and disruption...

 

As for the yogurt...I wish I'd thought of that!

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Bluebell

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by Bluebell »

The BEST part of Global Entry has got to be by-passing those endless and extremely slow immigration lines when arriving on an international flight.  It's worth the $100 just there, even if you only fly internationally twice a year as I do.  On my last flight home from Tokyo I was in-and-out of Immigration and Customs in under 10 minutes (with carry-on luggage).  Go to the kiosk, slide your passport in, place your hand on the fingerprint reader, smile for the camera, pick-up your receipt, give your receipt to Customs, and you're out..

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PHeymont

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by PHeymont »

That's what drove our decision to go for it (JFK is our usual arrival home, and NO fun). The Pre-Check part was the icing on the cake.

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wendyb964

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by wendyb964 »

I applied for Global Entry and received an email indicating preliminary approval within two weeks (today!)  Within an hour of the email receipt I signed in to schedule the in-person interview.


FIRST appointment  is 4.5 months from now! Yikes. My trip is one week later which will probably NOT be enough time to expedite TSA/Global Entry this time.

If you are considering this, please apply ASAP! It's an easy application, costs only $100, and Global Entry also includes the domestic TSA pre-check. The number of in-person application centers is limited (two for the entire state of California.)

(Bonus: AX will pay this fee for certain cardmembers.)
 

 

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Smart Traveler

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by Smart Traveler »

I really need a Global Entry pass for my Italy trip if I can get one. The problem is I absolutely cannot schedule an appointment that is outside dof Gainesville. I assuime I would have to meet them in a city with an international airport, not a regional one. Can someone help me with this? With a 1:25 layover in Atlanta (where I have to deal with immigration, customs, baggage recheck, and security) before a domestic flight,  I will do anything I can to expedite the process. I have plenty of time to get one, just no way to go where the interview would take place.

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PHeymont

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by PHeymont »

Your two nearest application/interview centers are at Orlando and Tampa.

If your concern is making your connection from an arriving international flight to a domestic one, you might take a look at the Mobile Passport app, which is sponsored by Customs and Border Patrol, and is available for both Android and iOS.

After you've downloaded the app and entered your passport and citizenship information, it prompts you to take a selfie, which is stored in the app.

When you arrive, you enter the usual questions from the I-94 form in the app, along with flightairline info, and send. The app generates a QR code on your phone.

At Customs, you look for the appropriate signs and show your code and passport to the agent and done. No application or interview required. A number of people here and in other forums are quite happy with it

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Smart Traveler

RE: First time out with TSA Pre-check

by Smart Traveler »

Thanks Pheymont!

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