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14. Home Stretch, Leg Two

with a slight change in route...

sunny 70 °F

New York City, New York, United States
Sunday, April 16, 2017

On time at JFK, quickly through immigration--thanks to Global Pass membership. Global Pass is like TSA Pre-Check on steroids. You fill out an application with the Department of Homeland Security and send them a $100 check--or, if your credit card company includes it as a perk, they pay for it. TSA does a background check. You then schedule an in-person interview. You get a retina scan and fingerprinted. If you pass, they give you a number which you include in your frequent flyer profiles and register when you travel internationally.

When you land back home at your U.S. gateway airport, you go to the Global Pass kiosk, scan your passport, put your fingers on the fingerprint reader, look into the camera lens and your data is recorded. You then answer, electronically, the questions that are on the blue form you used to have to fill out. In a few seconds, a receipt is printed. You take the receipt. Show is to an Immigration Officer who looks at it, looks at you and says, "Welcome to the United States."

No long lines, no surly Immigration Officer--at least so far in my experience.

B4 and I are both Global Pass members so we fly through after flying in.

We are early enough that B4 nabs the nearest American Airlines agent and grabs us seats on an earlier flight. Now, instead of taking a cab to LaGuardia and leaving there on a non-stop to Kansas City at 9:30ish tonight, we wait about one hour and grab a non-stop to Dallas to connect with a flight to Kansas City and get home, get ready for this: THREE HOURS EARLY!29a2e6d0-2e4e-11ea-9847-8337c7611ce3.jpg299ea110-2e4e-11ea-970b-03ce35a88c89.jpg


Posted by paulej4 09:16 Archived in USA

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