You know the airport security routine. Take off your shoes, belt and jacket and put them in a bin. Remove everything from your pockets. Place your computer and liquids under 3 ounces in another bin. Go through the security scanner and hope you don't beep. And hope that you aren't one of the lucky random checks or that one of your items doesn't look suspicious on the x-ray.
I am all for this security, especially when flying. But I'll be the first to admit that it can be very inconvenient. So when I discovered TSA Pre✓® , I was elated!
After years of standing in the general security line, I signed up for TSA Pre✓® . BEST thing I ever did. Shorter security lines, no fumbling with shoes, computer and liquids and no pat downs! SO EASY! Sure, a bit annoying when the line isn't available at some airports or open during early or late shifts, but I can live with that given the ease most other times.
FAST FORWARD TO TODAY....
Since getting TSA Pre✓® I have also signed up for Global Entry. I've been through my share of passport control lines, some moving quickly, others taking hours. Global Entry has taken customs clearance in the US down to about about 5 minutes. Especially helpful if you have a tight connection.
AND NOW EVEN EASIER.....
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has rolled a new program - Mobile Passport Control, and it is free. This program allows US citizens and Canadian visitors to use a mobile app on your smart phone that expedites entry into the U.S. Simply complete the information when you download the app. You usually go through the same line as Global Entry, and in a few minutes you are on your way to grab your checked luggage.
So what are the differences between all these programs?
Which one is best?
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