Global Entry Fan Club

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  1. karung99
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    karung99 Gold Member

    I am glad I don't have the card I don't want to carry any more card if I don't have to :), we use it SFO on Jan 01 and out of the airport in a few minutes.
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  2. karung99
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    karung99 Gold Member

    No matter how far is the cam, if your face is similar as your Avatar it is not going to help you :p
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  3. MSPeconomist
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    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    I applied early and did not get the card, just the sticker inside the back cover of my passport.

    However, when there was first talk of DL participating in the TSA Trusted Traveler program, I decided that I had better get the card. I've been using it sometimes as my airport photo ID rather than my passport.

    I will not show my driver's license because it contains my home address and I do not like the tales of TSA document checkers inspecting the stamps in one's passport. Someday I need to get myself a passport card too.
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  4. canucklehead
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    canucklehead Gold Member

    When I got the GE courtesy of Nexus, I asked if they could give me a card. The agent laughed (we were joking the entire time I was there) said "No card for you, NEXT!"
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  5. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

    Worked like a champ (ended up clearing in IAD instead of IAH - voluntary bump due to broken lavs).

    Process is:
    1. fill out card for children on plane
    2. go direct to kiosk line and clear the adult(s) -- all have to have GE privileges
    3. skip to the front of the nearest line with an officer so the kids can get their card stamped
    4. pick up bags and exit
    We skipped step 3 accidentally so we lost quite a bit of time, but otherwise, worked well.
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  6. ducster
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    ducster Silver Member

    Awesome, Thank you so much.
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  7. ducster
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    ducster Silver Member

    Welcome to Milepoint!
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  8. lili
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    lili Gold Member

    I'm a real fan of GE but it only works when I travel alone. My friends and family don't travel internationally often enough to even know about the program. Three trips in a row either shuffling through the line or clearing quickly then waiting for companion to get through.
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  9. ducster
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    ducster Silver Member

    Went through SFO on Thursday with 10-year-old daughter, and followed all of the steps above. We went from touchdown to reuniting with the rest of the family in the terminal in less than 25 minutes. Thanks again for the info on this.
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  10. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

    Awesome! Glad it worked for you. Ours was a little longer since we missed step 3! We've got plenty of time left to work on beating your 25 minute target. Sounds like a new thread -- Touchdown to Family with Global Entry Kids...
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  11. mdtravel

    mdtravel Silver Member

    It looks like 15 - 30 minutes is how long the average interview is taking from scanning prior posts. Anyone have experience that vary significantly from that (like 60 minutes)?
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  12. HiIslands
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    HiIslands Silver Member

    Less than five minutes at HNL!
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  13. mdtravel

    mdtravel Silver Member

    Thanks! I'm going to wedge this into a mileage run since I can't do an interview in CLT.
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  14. ducster
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    ducster Silver Member

    In SFO, each of mine and my wife's took under 15 minutes.
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  15. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

    Longest part was watching the video that explains how to use the kiosks. Everything else was quick.
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  16. frankmu

    frankmu Silver Member

    Can we select where and when we can set up the interview for Global Entry? I live at the edge of the known universe, so I'd like to do it on a mileage run. Thank in advance!
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  17. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

    Yes, you pick from available times at the location of your choice.
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  18. mdtravel

    mdtravel Silver Member

    I got my interview done in LAS last week. My time was 8:20; had a 9:40 flight out. I was the second person to arrive at the center which is a bit difficult to find if you're not famiar with the airport (go to the international termial but dont' go in; start walking to your left as you face the international terminal and you'll go around a slight bend before reaching teh CBP building). I was called back around 8:10 and was done by 8:30. He asked what I did, how many people worked at the company, if I'd ever been arrested or had a boarder / customs violation, and if I'd be traveling mostly for business or pleasure. Then I watched the video, then I got some brochures handed to me, then I was sent on my way. Took about 7 minutes to walk from this office to Terminal 1 to catch my flight. Easy. Had an email the following day letting me know I'd been approved.
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  19. Pharaoh
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    Pharaoh Gold Member

    Global Entry worked for TSA Expedited Screening.

    Sunday I was coming through MIA and as I scanned the 30 minute long security line (Concourse D) I noticed the TSA "Expedited Security" line had only half a dozen people in it. So I pulled out my GE card and gently asked if it was yet valid there. The answer was affirmative and I entered the line.

    The document checker was alternating checking people from the expedited line and a regular line and most of the people in the expedited line were then sent right into the "regular" security. Basically, they only got to jump to the head of the line.

    BUT, with the GE card I was routed to the left, to a roped off line with simple a metal detector and no customers. Two TSA screeners, one at the detector and one at the screen were smiling, waiting for traffic. I stopped to read an instructional sign: shoes can stay on, liquids and computers stay in your bags, belts can stay on. The only thing to do was to put my carry on on the xray belt.

    Total elapsed time was about two minutes.
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  20. From NYC
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    From NYC Gold Member

    More Fast TSA Screening Site Coming:
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/08/us/AP-US-Travel-Brief-Airport-Security.html?ref=us

    “28 More Airports Will Test Lower-Hassle Screening
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Published: February 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM ET


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new passenger screening program to make check-in more convenient for certain travelers is being expanded to 28 more major U.S. airports, the government said Wednesday. There will be no cost to eligible passengers, who would no longer have to remove their shoes and belts before they board flights.

    The airports include the three used by hijackers to launch the terror attacks in September 2001: Washington Dulles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Boston's Logan International Airport.
    The Transportation Security Administration's program, already in a test phase in seven other airports, is the Obama administration's first attempt at a passenger screening program responsive to frequent complaints that the government is not using common sense when it screens all passengers at airports in the same way. Under the new program, eligible travelers have the option to volunteer more personal information about themselves so that the government can vet them for security purposes before they arrive at airport checkpoints.
    "Good, thoughtful, sensible security by its very nature facilitates lawful travel and legitimate commerce," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

    The program works this way: Participating travelers will walk through a dedicated lane at airport security checkpoints. They will provide the TSA officer with a specially marked boarding pass. A machine will read the barcode, and travelers deemed "low-risk," will likely be allowed to keep on belts, shoes and jackets and leave laptops and liquids in bags when being screened.

    Not everyone is eligible to participate in the program, which is already being tested at airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Eligible travelers are some of those who participate in American and Delta airlines' frequent flier programs, as well as travelers in three other trusted traveler programs, which do charge fees to participate. About 336,000 passengers have been screened through the program since the testing began last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
    By the end of 2012, the government expects select passengers in frequent flier programs for US Airways, United and Alaska Airlines to be eligible to participate. The program is expected to be operating in Reagan National Airport near Washington, Salt Lake City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport by the end of March.

    "We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," said TSA chief John Pistole.

    Pistole has said he hopes to eventually test the program at all airports and with all airlines around the country, but that might take years.

    The program is expected to be operating in these airports by the end of 2012: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Denver International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Honolulu International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Oregon's Portland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Florida's Tampa International Airport and Alaska's Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.“
  21. folex386

    folex386 Gold Member

    Awesome! I love global entry! With the tsa pre check, best purchase ever!
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  22. TAHKUCT
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    I travel internationally 2-3 time per year or less and just love my GE benefits along with Nexus. The $50 fee I have paid for Nexus was worth every penny. :)
  23. TAHKUCT
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    I see. That is how you got your avatar :D
  24. TAHKUCT
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    I am happy to read reports that kids under 14 can bypass passport control lines with parents who have GE. I had a similar experience at MIA upon arrival from EZE. We just politely asked an officer what do we do with our child who does not have a GE and were escorted to an expedited passport control line where my son got his passport stamped. Total time less then 2 minutes compared over an hour line :)

    Did anybody see anything in writing stating that kids can bypass with parents who are GE members?
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  25. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

    Not in writing, but it has been confirmed by me at 2 different airports already. I can't recall for sure, but I think others have also confirmed up thread.
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