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Old 02-13-2019, 11:09 AM   #41
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A bribe, huh?

Well the Global Entry program is a trusted traveler program. They take all your fingerprints and do an FBI background check and passport/customs check on you as well as interview you in person. If you have clean record and meet other criteria, you are considered a trusted (i.e. low risk) traveler. You are given a Known Traveler Number - KTN that you use in subsequent airline reservations.

And they keep track of you too - you can lose your status if something new comes up on your legal or customs record that disqualifies you.

And you get on the same airplane and enter the same country as all the "unknown travelers" without fingerprints and background checks.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:27 AM   #42
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I have not but rules are renewal process every 5 years and includes interview just like a newbie applying for the first time.
Both DW and I renewed our GE a few months ago and we weren't required to do the interview. So, YMMV.

Even for just *one* trip a year requiring going though ICE, it's worth the cost to me...especially if it means catching a connecting flight.
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And you get on the same airplane and enter the same country as all the "unknown travelers" without fingerprints and background checks.
Except I don’t have to wait in huge busy lines or take my shoes off/pull stuff out of my bags going through domestic security.

It’s worth it to me. I often used to have to stand in customs lines for an hour. It’s lovely to bypass that due to my trusted traveler status.

It’s about convenience and comfort. I’d rather spend the hour between flights sipping a mimosa in the club than waiting to get through customs.

Some folks won’t uograde seats in a plane because “you get on the same plane and arrive at the same time”. But the entire experience is far more pleasant near the pointy end.
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Except I donít have to wait in huge busy lines or take my shoes off/pull stuff out of my bags going through domestic security.

Itís worth it to me. I often used to have to stand in customs lines for an hour. Itís lovely to bypass that due to my trusted traveler status.

Itís about convenience and comfort. Iíd rather spend the hour between flights sipping a mimosa in the club than waiting to get through customs.

Some folks wonít uograde seats in a plane because ďyou get on the same plane and arrive at the same timeĒ. But the entire experience is far more pleasant near the pointy end.

I agree. I just think that paying your way to the front of a government line is akin to legalized bribery.
Think of the revenue the gov could pull in if there was a fee-for-service express lane for SS questions... or a "trusted filer" program with the IRS.
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