Member since 25 Jun 2012
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Member since 11 Oct 2014
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The article is great news but is currently not in 'legal' effect. However, having just returned from a long trip to the USA, I would note my own experience of entry into DFW in early November.
DFW has had 'automated passport entry' for quite some time (>18 months) for Australians with a machine readable passports and an in place ESTA. These machines are available to Australians throughout the Immigration arrival area - but are separate to the 'Global Entry' lines. My QF 7 flight was some 50 minutes early on arrival into DFW and coincided with the arrival of a couple of other flights. Due to the large queue, Customs and Immigration officials began directing passengers from our flight automatically to the separate Global Entry line. I happily complied and noticed that the actual process was exactly the same, in process and steps, as the great 'unwashed' lines.
I can't add any comment on when this 'pilot program for Global Entry' for Australians will be formally approved but right now, even through the standard lanes, it was a less than 10 minute exercise to clear Immigration in DFW. The only true benefit would now seem to be being able to access the TSA Trusted Traveller priority lanes for subsequent domestic flights - which on this trip for me, applied to 6 domestic flights anyway. Granted that I have membership of DL, UA, AA and a few other US FF programs, I regularly get this option on most domestic flights - however, this is the first time in years that I have received TSA Priority on all flights, rather than ~ 75%.
I've just done a comprehensive search on the US Govt CBP site and there is no mention of the 'pilot' program at all - and checking the current eligibility for Global Entry membership shows the following (see attached .jpg, current as per today .. and dated accordingly for the last update in December 2015. Approval for Australians can't come fast enough !.
Member since 09 May 2013
So global entry is faster than ESTA processing machines that currently we use? I have found ESTA machines clear you in 2-3 mins. You are also saying that if you are cleared via Global Entry, you get access to TSA pre check line? How does this work when you have to get a boarding pass separately at DFW or LAX?
Member since 12 Dec 2012
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Member since 15 Sep 2016
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Frequent Flyer based TSA Precheck will end in 2019. So your memberships won't be useful for that any more.
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