Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by Bobby Axelrod, Jun 30, 2016.
Is it hard to do? Worth it? How long did it take to get approved?
Yes and no. I have NEXUS which is what you need to cross the border but it also gets you in to TSA Pre and in Canada you bypass all security lines and go to your own line with 2 or 3 people in front of you only. Crossing the border you have your own car lane and whiz right through. Took about 4 months to get it. Needed to give my finger prints and retina scan but so worth the $50 for 5 years.
You had to bring your own fingerprints?
Does anyone know if you have to do that for pre Check or global entry?
I've been in pre check for about 2 years. One of the best things I have ever done since I live on Long Island and JFK/LGA have super shitty TSA lines. I travel a lot for work so I need it. I applied on the TSA website, a few weeks later I was told to report to some office to get vetted. Luckily I didn't have to go to the airport, I think it was some third party that handles government applications. I showed my birth certificate and passport, got finger printed, they asked some questions and I was out. I paid $85 on my American Express. At the time, Amex would give you a credit back for the application fee, but I'm not sure if they are still doing that. A week or two later, I got my pre check number and I was set.
it really is a time saver. I flew round trip from JFK to Las Vegas last week. At the Vegas airport on my return trip, there was a huge line for regular security. There was literally NO ONE at the pre check line. I went from the curb to the other side of security in two minutes. You get to keep your shoes and belt on, liquids stay in bag, laptop stays in bag.
Even if you fly once or twice a year, it is so worth getting pre check. Just to save a few minutes away from the unwashed masses on the TSA line, its worth the $$.
I am going to apply for Nexus next, I have a few trips to Canada coming up.
Even if you don't travel often it is worth it. 85 bucks for 5 years. I travel often and it is great. You fill out information online, then when you go to the center to do a in person interview it is maybe a 15 minute interview which is basically answering the same questions you were asked online. It takes a few weeks to a month to get the approval after the interview. The only issue I see is it depends on where you live and where the closest center is that you can go do the interview. I think this is less of an issue now a day compared to a few years back.
I don't have it but I get it almost every time I fly. So does my wife. And she flies every other week.
Yes, but don't know how I got it.
Worth it, was a piece of cake to get.
Yes but don't get it. Last thing we need is more people in the pre-check line
I dont fly, to much of a pussy
Nexus in the states gets you tsa pre + fast crossing by car.
I keep telling my wife to go ahead and get it but she doesn't want to go to the trouble until she stops getting it most of the time anyway. I was going to get it but the flight I was taking every three weeks was on Sunday night at DFW and the precheck line was closed. Plus the precheck line in Dulles actually takes longer than the regular line. You have to walk much farther to get to your gate or train after you go through it. It would probably be different if I flew around to more than just two airports.
I missed a connection at La Guardia last year and had 3 hours to kill, so I went up and talked to the nice young lady at the TSA Pre sign up cubicle they had setup. Paid my 85 bucks, answered a few questions, scanned my tips (she said just the tip) and I was done. Arrived in the mail a little more than 2 weeks later and it is a godsend.
No lines. No removing shit from your bag or taking off your shoes. Hallelujah.
But, I agree with Aquiring, don't go to the trouble.
Again depends on your airport.... if you live in a hub like DFW, ORD or ATL and travel on Monday a.m. and Friday p.m. with the entire consulting world then it helps a little but sometimes the Pre line is longer than the regular. But it's nice to not have to take off your shoes and coats and stuff. Worth the $$$.
CLEAR is good if you do Orlando a lot. Coming out of there is horrible. Kids, strollers, etc.
I went in for a TSA job years ago and they rejected me
me too. i think my age and my background working in aviation gave me a free pass. i didn't apply but i'm on it.
I have it. Make sure you register the number with the airlines you fly or they won't always put it on your boarding passes.
My mobile boarding pass from United had a green TSA Pre✓in the upper right corner. Does that mean I have it!?!? I never applied for it.
I enjoyed that.