Column: Obtain Global Entry status and avoid lengthy customs lines

06/30/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Columnist Catharine Hamm describes the process she went through to obtain Global Entry status, which allows for expedited security screening at airports. "For $100 for five years, you not only get to whisk through U.S. customs, but as a bonus you also get PreCheck status, which means you don't have to take off your belt, shoes or jacket or remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on," she writes. Hamm adds: "Here's something I can predict with a fair amount of certainty: Those who recently had to wait in long customs lines in Miami, Dallas and JFK to get through immigration, as the Wall Street Journal reported, probably think the $100 is a bargain, given the number of missed connections as a result of lines."

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