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    A Good Deal for US Travelers

    For those in the BMW MOA community who do any international travel, the US Customs and Border Protection Service offers a service named "Global Entry." This service allows US Citizens to apply for what is called "trusted traveler" status. Once granted, this status allows two good things: 1) TSA-Pre on domestic flights, and 2) eased entry into the US both on land (NEXUS from Canada & Mexico) and from international flights into the US.

    The application process is a little complicated, costs $100, and involves an interview. If granted, the enhanced status is in effect for five years.

    Take a look here for the details: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-tr...s/global-entry
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    Thanks!

    I'm looking into this. It's a little amorphous & the site is somewhat cumbersome to navigate. I think the programs for entry are shifting some, from what I can tell- and there are new classifications and tools for frequent travelers. If you travel domestically a lot, there is also the TSApre clearance. I looked into TSApre one time in the past. They have specific dates and locations for clearance interviews, IIRC- and Global Entry clearance requires an "interview" also. Probably, anyone who ever had to pass or meet any sort of security clearance or requirements for their job for whatever reason, may have a slight advantage in that you may be more easily identifiable within the "system".
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    Mary and I have applied. Global Entry provides automated (kiosk) CBP processing at US airports when arriving from overseas, as well as all-the-time domestic TSA PreCheck at check-in. Given the security line waiting period recently at our most-used airport in San Jose, this is attractive.

    ricochetrider is correct that the CPB website is confusing and fairly clumsy to navigate. It's a challenge to figure out where to schedule one's interview; that part of the website is very slow. Some locations can get you in within a week or two, others have no availability for six or more months. There are some locations, interestingly enough, in Canada. Although we live in California, we may schedule ours in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as we'll be there during a trip in October.
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    David is right about TSA Pre-Check being included in the Global Entry program. TSA-Pre alone is $85, but Global Entry is $100, so to me it's a no-brainer. It is a somewhat clumsy process for application, but it's doable. The workload on some offices for interviews is high...Boston (as an example) is scheduling interviews now for October. Other places have more people and a lighter workload and so will be able to do them sooner.

    My interview took 15 minutes. A complete criminal check, fingerprints scanned and photo taken, and I was out of there with my certification in my passport record. A card arrived in the mail 1.5 weeks later. I don't think my former employment changed any of the circumstances of the event other than having to trade a few war stories about life in Federal law enforcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    A card arrived in the mail 1.5 weeks later.
    As I understand it, the applicant's Global Entry account is "turned on" for CBP kiosks as soon as the interview is completed; the kiosks read one's passport. The card is used for non-airplane entry into the US.
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    That's correct David.
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    John, is there some kind of film or slideshow or video to watch as part of the interview?
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    Application complete, payment made.

    I assume I'll be assigned- or get to choose- an interview location? Probably there are three locations within equal proximity to my home, Philadelphia, Maryland/Baltimore, & Washington, DC.

    I had a couple questions I wasn't sure about or there was no way to adequately enter the honest, correct answer. Even so, my app went through seamlessly. I assume they'll grill me on these points during the interview.

    I did NOT submit a vehicle since, at this time, I do not intend on crossing into our neighboring countries by land. I have already passed numerous background and security checks so I can only hope I can pass muster at the interview.

    I suppose if I get there and there are massive goons with heavy firepower & shackles...
    it's too late.
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    David - There was no video presentation when I went for my interview. A small office at Logan Airport with space for two interviewers and one Supervisor and that was about it.

    Ricochet rider - I got to choose my interview location.
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    Great news, thanks!
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    Been a NEXUS card holder for 6+ years. We recently renewed our NEXUS/Trusted Traveler pass. If you plan on driving across the US-Canada border it is absolutely worth it. It will also save you time when doing domestic travel and international travel - the TSA process is speedier. We travel to/from British Columbia, Canada frequently.

    The caveat is you must occasionally read the CBP website to understand what is permissible to cross the border in either direction. Items on the website do change. Both Canada and the US require that travelers keep up to date on changing items. Significant items like weapons, tobacco, alcohol, cash, drugs are more serious and violations can result in suspending your NEXUS pass permanently. Or here's an obscure limitation, bringing poultry meal dog food purchased in Canada cannot be brought back into the US. When you ask during your interview the agents will say that a violation - any violation - could suspend your NEXUS pass permanently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nakwakto00 View Post
    Been a NEXUS card holder for 6+ years. We recently renewed our NEXUS/Trusted Traveler pass. If you plan on driving across the US-Canada border it is absolutely worth it. It will also save you time when doing domestic travel and international travel - the TSA process is speedier. We travel to/from British Columbia, Canada frequently.

    The caveat is you must occasionally read the CBP website to understand what is permissible to cross the border in either direction. Items on the website do change. Both Canada and the US require that travelers keep up to date on changing items. Significant items like weapons, tobacco, alcohol, cash, drugs are more serious and violations can result in suspending your NEXUS pass permanently. Or here's an obscure limitation, bringing poultry meal dog food purchased in Canada cannot be brought back into the US. When you ask during your interview the agents will say that a violation - any violation - could suspend your NEXUS pass permanently.
    Sounds like great advice to me. Thank you for telling us about the particulars...and I thought firearms were the biggest and maybe only concern. Who knew...dog food?
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    I just saw this on the NYTimes: http://nyti.ms/1rcdkTI

    Seems to me that motorcycle travel within the US is a fine option...
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    Yes, airport security and limitations of expediency with the TSA are quickly becoming legendary. This has been the subject of much conversation lately, it seems. Or of many news stories, anyway.

    Never mind that modern air travel has fallen a long way from its former "20th century marvel" wonder-child status to become more a grueling mishmash of discomfort, disarray, and inefficiency.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
    Living central to several major metropolitan areas, I had multiple choices for my Global Entry interview. My choice of Washington, DC allowed me the flexibility to choose 3 different locations. I ended up choosing a Sunday interview at BWI in Baltimore in early July. Philadelphia was also an option.

    I was recently talking to a friend about this whole "Global Entry" thing, and he mentioned he and his GF have applied for the TSA Pre (check) status. Seems this also requires being fingerprinted and interviewed. I sent a tweet out to @askTSA inquiring if the "Global Entry" status also gives you access to expedited TSA security checks for domestic travel -I see they also issue a "Known Traveler" ID number. Being as TSA is a whole different entity than the Border Control crew........ Seems I may also need to apply and schedule for TSA Known Traveler status to access a TSA precheck within U.S. borders?

    THIS JUST IN:

    just received a tweet/reply from @askTSA. Pretty cool, they got back to me within the time it took to type all this. IF I HAVE THIS RIGHT -Your GOES ID (KTN) may be used to access the TSA precheck but you must book your flight using your
    Known Traveler Number, or KTN. This means your ticket will also be printed with your KTN, allowing you to access expedited security checks at airports for domestic travel.
    There is, apparently, only ONE KTN. You use it for international and domestic travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricochetrider View Post

    THIS JUST IN:

    just received a tweet/reply from @askTSA. Pretty cool, they got back to me within the time it took to type all this. IF I HAVE THIS RIGHT -Your GOES ID (KTN) may be used to access the TSA precheck but you must book your flight using your
    Known Traveler Number, or KTN. This means your ticket will also be printed with your KTN, allowing you to access expedited security checks at airports for domestic travel.
    There is, apparently, only ONE KTN. You use it for international and domestic travel.
    I believe this is correct. Entering your KTN in an airline's profile means that airline's boarding pass will (or should) carry the "TSA PreCheck" indication.
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