Tried applying for Global Entry, then Pre-check

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Tried applying for Global Entry, then Pre-check

Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:43 am

Since the Platinum reimburses you the cost I figured I'd go for it. Since Global Entry includes Pre-check, I figured I'd go for that.


Global Entry is page after page after page of intrusive questions. When it got to the point it demanded your last 5 years address and employment history, I said screw this, it's just becoming too invasive. I mean the bank that offered me a letter of loan commitment did not ask that. So I gave up and figured to hell with it, if I ever travel out of the country, I'd rather stand in the cattle line than put up with this. (And it's not a given I will ever fly out of the country anyway).


So then I went to the Pre-check site. That had me answer questions, then the little rotating ball sat there spinning for several minutes and finally errored out with an error message asking me to try again in a few moments.


I was like wow, another example of a government website done by morons who probably charged a billion dollars for it but it doesn't work. But hey it looks "cool" and that's what counts to nerds everywhere.


So far I'm totally striking out with this process. Maybe it's time to just stand in the cattle line and take off my shoes. Has anyone actually successfully completed this or is it just me?


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Postby djrez4 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:47 am

Your employment and address info are already in the database via your taxes.

They're not asking you for the info. They're checking to make sure it matches up with the info they already have.

Global Entry really can make a huge difference, IF the people in front of you know what they're doing. When we came back from Japan in March, the Global Entry line was stalled because people couldn't read the instructions posted on the machine. Once we "helped" them through, it took 30 seconds to get through customs.

If we trained our customs officers like some other countries, we wouldn't need Global Entry. German officers, for example, are trained to assess behavior and can tell rather quickly if you're being evasive or deceptive. The line there moves quickly.

They're also the only customs officers in the world who have offered to detain my wife for me. I should have taken them up on that one.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:07 pm

Well of course the Germans can, they are the experts at that stuff just look at the Gestapo. And it's no wonder the line moves quickly when they are screaming raus raus macht schnell! and snarling German Shepherds are snapping at your nuts.


Anyway I went online later in the day to set up an appointment for the Pre Check and got it for next month. I don't really need Global Entry. I guess if I ever do that, then I'll deal with it then, all my travel coming up is domestic.

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Postby benhollberg » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:59 pm

In my opinion, Global Entry is still the way to go even know, admittedly, it appears to be more of a hassle. My experience with the Global Entry interview was very good. It took no more than three or four minutes and I got my picture taken, fingerprints, and some information verified. I would probably expect the same with TSA Pre-check but I'm not completely sure.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:40 pm

benhollberg wrote:In my opinion, Global Entry is still the way to go even know, admittedly, it appears to be more of a hassle. My experience with the Global Entry interview was very good. It took no more than three or four minutes and I got my picture taken, fingerprints, and some information verified. I would probably expect the same with TSA Pre-check but I'm not completely sure.


Totally agree. Our Global Entry interview was almost fun. We joked with the interviewers. And, I timed it with some other travel we had planned, so we had to be at the airport anyway. Do Global Entry and use it as an excuse to use all those points you have stashed away.
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Postby supercoolman » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:26 am

when you look at how people cut the lines (some some monkeys watch and monkey do as well) and officer doesn't care about it. Global Entry maybe worth it.



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