Global Entry continues to be one of my favorite things that the US government has done in the last several years. 🙂 The ability to fly through immigration and customs and save a ton of time has been extremely valuable to me. In addition to Global Entry getting people into the US faster, it has also become an entrance to the TSA’s expanding Pre Check program that allows a return to pre-9/11 security at the airport – leave laptops in the bags, leave liquids in the bags, leave shoes and jacket on, and get through really quick!
On a recent trip last week, I flew into Toronto for the first time and was curious how the entrance was handled entering the US. I knew we had a small CBP office in Rochester, but I figured that CBP would pre-clear passengers in Toronto for US flights. That was indeed the case. After clearing, immigration and customs with the Global Entry kiosk (thanks again!), I headed over to the security line to get to my connecting flight.
The security line was really long. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my American Express Platinum card (which I read on Mommy Points gives access to the elite line – which was not allowed for Star Gold members). The elite line (which the Amex card gave access to) only allowed users to cut the waiting line – it was not a dedicated security line.
Then I saw the NEXUS line with the small Global Entry logo on the same sign. I went over to it and found that that day was the first day that they were allowing Global Entry members to access the NEXUS line which functions exactly like TSA Pre Check. Perfect! The line was moving very well and I was through very quickly. Thank you, Toronto, for accepting Global Entry for quick security access! It is a nice edition!