Navigating Houston airport

by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 15:45 (21 days ago)

Every year someone posts some advice for circumventing long lines at Houston when returning from Zihuat. Anyone recall what that was?

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 15:54 (21 days ago) @ Froggy

Dug it out of the archives for ya!

http://www.zihuatanejo.net/tablero/messages/85595.html

This is predicated on you having to change terminals on your return trip.

A new twist, is taking the elevator to the check-in floor (one above) in the international terminal after leaving Customs (same out the door route as described)and you will find a much less busy TSA station there.

Keith

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Navigating Houston airport

by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 16:09 (21 days ago) @ Labrat

Thanks, Keith!

Navigating Houston airport

by Dougschuler @, Denver, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 19:18 (20 days ago) @ Froggy

download the Mobile Passport app on your phone. Follow the directions in filling it out. When you arrive in Houston or any port of entry you email the form to Customs they send you a bar code and you can skip the lines and the kiosk and breeze right through customs

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by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 20:46 (20 days ago) @ Dougschuler

I do that and that does help. The problem is the long lines after customs, with everyone else coming in from international flights all funneling through the same security checkpoint to get on the next flight.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:29 (20 days ago) @ Froggy

Ubetcha!!

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Navigating Houston airport - Global Entry/TSA Pre-check?

by BL @, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:06 (20 days ago) @ Froggy

Have you tried Global Entry? Does it help in Houston? You automatically are TSA pre-check and lines tend to be shorter and faster. Please let me know as we will be returning via Houston next month!

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by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:27 (20 days ago) @ BL

I have not tried Global Entry because I'm 225 miles from the closest airport which I would have to go for an interview. I do have
Mobile Pass which helps to skip the line at Customs. The problem starts after Customs with long lines going through security to board a connector flight. Everyone from Customs herds to the same TSA line. I think I have a handle on it now by just walking out of the Terminal and going through a different TSA line either in that terminal or the terminal where my connector will be leaving from.

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by BL @, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:38 (20 days ago) @ Froggy

I see. Some airports have walk-in appointments, so maybe if you make it coincide with your trip?

Safe travels!

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by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:57 (20 days ago) @ BL

Last time I checked DTW required an appointment. Mobile Pass, which is free, works just fine. It's an app you can add to your phone. All you do is scan your passport info into the app and access it when you return from another country. You can do this while you're taxiing, filling in your airlines and flight #. You then get a bar code type pass on your phone to go through a special line at Customs , which so far has been much faster than the general line. It's not accepted yet at all airports but can be used at the Houston airport.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Friday, December 29, 2017, 07:58 (20 days ago) @ Froggy

I've seen folks using it and it does seem faster. As I understand it though, themobile passport app does not come with TSA precheck which, at least for us, is just as valuable as Global Entry as we travel domestically more than internationally. Well worth the $100 every five years.(Many credit cards will reimburse the $100 fee.)

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:09 (20 days ago) @ BL

Yes, and YES!

G.E. makes all the difference in the world gettin though Immigration in Houston!

They have a plethora of electronic kiosks. You will get though Immigration so fast that you will have to wait for your checked luggage to get there!

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by Commander Barrett, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:15 (20 days ago) @ Labrat

Having G.E for the past three years, I will NEVER travel internationally without it. You are through in minutes.

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by BL @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:15 (20 days ago) @ Labrat

Yes, and YES!

G.E. makes all the difference in the world gettin though Immigration in Houston!

They have a plethora of electronic kiosks. You will get though Immigration so fast that you will have to wait for your checked luggage to get there!

Keith

Thanks Keith! This is reassuring.

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by Pelicano, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:26 (20 days ago) @ Labrat

Yes, and YES!

G.E. makes all the difference in the world gettin though Immigration in Houston!

They have a plethora of electronic kiosks. You will get though Immigration so fast that you will have to wait for your checked luggage to get there!

Keith

I've had Nexus for years, the Canuck version of Global Entry and of course linked to it. The only glitch recently was when the entire system was down early this year in Miami and we lined up as in the days of King Arthur. There were only two officers for all the GE folks, and they were going through the entire handbook of questions, seeing as our flight was from Colombia. Too many Narcos reruns...

:omg:

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:29 (20 days ago) @ Pelicano

Horror Story!!!!

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by Fly on the Wall, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:58 (20 days ago) @ Pelicano

Canadian version is called NEXUs We fly in and out of Toronto and are fairly frequent fliers . Works great getting out of Canada for clearing security and going through the States but less so coming back into Canada . My wife spends more time adjusting positions to get her eyes scanned than we would if she had just filled in the form and went through the machine reader . She has no problem with the machines at US airports

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by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:05 (20 days ago) @ Fly on the Wall

Canadian version is called NEXUs We fly in and out of Toronto and are fairly frequent fliers . Works great getting out of Canada for clearing security and going through the States but less so coming back into Canada . My wife spends more time adjusting positions to get her eyes scanned than we would if she had just filled in the form and went through the machine reader . She has no problem with the machines at US airports

FYI Toronto is one of the only places that does an Iris scan. Our Nexus cards do not have Iris scans.

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by Pelicano, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:20 (20 days ago) @ midalake

Canadian version is called NEXUs We fly in and out of Toronto and are fairly frequent fliers . Works great getting out of Canada for clearing security and going through the States but less so coming back into Canada . My wife spends more time adjusting positions to get her eyes scanned than we would if she had just filled in the form and went through the machine reader . She has no problem with the machines at US airports


FYI Toronto is one of the only places that does an Iris scan. Our Nexus cards do not have Iris scans.

D

Huh? Most major airports in Canada have Nexus kiosks, with Iris scanners. I don't understand how you can have a Nexus card with no iris scan, although you say you (at least your wife) you use the scanner. I've been in the program since it started, when they only registered one eye, now it's two. The kiosks were notoriously unreliable for sometime, they have since been upgraded after being inundated with complaints...

:wtf:

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:23 (20 days ago) @ Pelicano

Global Entry is all fingerprint scan.

Easy Peasy

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by Pelicano, Friday, December 29, 2017, 12:16 (20 days ago) @ Labrat

Global Entry is all fingerprint scan.

Easy Peasy

Keith


Ah but you forget the photo, which I always manage to be halfway out of frame in,lol. Otherwise it is easier than Nexus kiosks...

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 12:40 (20 days ago) @ Pelicano

Look Up Grasshopper! Look Up!!:smoking:

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by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 21:34 (19 days ago) @ Pelicano

Canadian version is called NEXUs We fly in and out of Toronto and are fairly frequent fliers . Works great getting out of Canada for clearing security and going through the States but less so coming back into Canada . My wife spends more time adjusting positions to get her eyes scanned than we would if she had just filled in the form and went through the machine reader . She has no problem with the machines at US airports


FYI Toronto is one of the only places that does an Iris scan. Our Nexus cards do not have Iris scans.

D


Huh? Most major airports in Canada have Nexus kiosks, with Iris scanners. I don't understand how you can have a Nexus card with no iris scan, although you say you (at least your wife) you use the scanner. I've been in the program since it started, when they only registered one eye, now it's two. The kiosks were notoriously unreliable for sometime, they have since been upgraded after being inundated with complaints...

:wtf:

You ain't getting it......NEXUS is primarily for BORDER CROSSING [by car] but is ALSO approved for global entry. We got our cards at Sarnia/Port Huron. Just like you can get NEXUS cards at ANY of these crossings.......They DO NOT have Iris scans available.

WTF-over-and-out

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by Pelicano, Saturday, December 30, 2017, 09:51 (19 days ago) @ midalake


You ain't getting it......NEXUS is primarily for BORDER CROSSING [by car] but is ALSO approved for global entry. We got our cards at Sarnia/Port Huron. Just like you can get NEXUS cards at ANY of these crossings.......They DO NOT have Iris scans available.

WTF-over-and-out

D

Seeing as the thread is about airport clearance...oy vey.

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/air-aerien-eng.html

Mine started as Canpass Air as I recall, which became the all-encompassing Nexus. very rarely cross the border by vehicle, used Nexus card twice I think.

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by midalake @, Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:38 (19 days ago) @ Pelicano


You ain't getting it......NEXUS is primarily for BORDER CROSSING [by car] but is ALSO approved for global entry. We got our cards at Sarnia/Port Huron. Just like you can get NEXUS cards at ANY of these crossings.......They DO NOT have Iris scans available.

WTF-over-and-out

D


Seeing as the thread is about airport clearance...oy vey.

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/air-aerien-eng.html

Mine started as Canpass Air as I recall, which became the all-encompassing Nexus. very rarely cross the border by vehicle, used Nexus card twice I think.


Just trying to point out your reality is not everyone elses. The US as far as I know does not do Iris scans. As you can see by the list below there is a large venue to apply for a NEXUS card!

Also you missed my point....completely My point was that people can get a NEXUS card and it is a "two for one card" that is allowed at airports and BORDER CROSSINGS

You CANNOT use a Global entry at border crossings [by car]

Happy New Year!

D


https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/nexus/enrollment-centers

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:47 (19 days ago) @ midalake

When you get your Global Pass, you are given a small card to use when traveling by car so you don't have to show your pass port at entry to the US. Some border crossings have a separate car lane for the GP. My wife's son got the GP just for that reason.

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by h4Dan, Saturday, December 30, 2017, 12:40 (19 days ago) @ Paulf

If you look at the hologram on that card there are symbols for car plane and ship

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by Fly on the Wall, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:52 (20 days ago) @ midalake

Could be but when we flew home in March , the global entry machines were down in Houston, so there was a separate line where everyone who had a card did both fingerprints and iris scan . It looked to be a fairly simple iris scan machine as there was also an agent behind the machine . Haven’t gone through Houston this season yet .

Have used the Iris machines 3 times this year and I swear it takes my wife 10 ( seems much longer) minutes to get the correct position.

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by Pelicano, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:59 (20 days ago) @ Fly on the Wall

Could be but when we flew home in March , the global entry machines were down in Houston, so there was a separate line where everyone who had a card did both fingerprints and iris scan . It looked to be a fairly simple iris scan machine as there was also an agent behind the machine . Haven’t gone through Houston this season yet .

Have used the Iris machines 3 times this year and I swear it takes my wife 10 ( seems much longer) minutes to get the correct position.


This may sound dumb (I was tired after arriving at Vancouver from Geneva with connections), but I couldn't get the damn scanner to work, until an obliging officer came up and told me to take my glasses off...

:3stooges:

Keith /

by James, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:36 (20 days ago) @ Labrat

I fly out of Humphrey (Sun Country) ... is there a GE Kiosk at Humphrey?

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:22 (20 days ago) @ James

Hi James!!

Global Entry is used on your return to the U.S. and gets you though Immigration faster.

As for getting though Security at Terminal 2 Humphrey, yes they will have TSA-Precheck lines that you can use.

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by Dougschuler @, Denver, Friday, December 29, 2017, 17:50 (19 days ago) @ Labrat

Same is true with Mobile Pass

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by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:14 (20 days ago) @ BL

Have you tried Global Entry? Does it help in Houston? You automatically are TSA pre-check and lines tend to be shorter and faster. Please let me know as we will be returning via Houston next month!

YES YES AND YES

Here is the best tip of the day you will get! Get a NEXUS card. It is good for both border and global entry.

In Houston we zip right through. We are standing at the carousal before our luggage even arrives and then 3 minutes and out the door. We routinely do 50 minute connections now and if longer it is just more time in the United Club!

Just remember go out the main doors and back up 1 floor and check-in for your next flight. There is NO TSA PRE if you go through the baggage re-check area.

D

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by Zbulldog @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:10 (20 days ago) @ midalake

So to summarize, collect your bags and re-checking them, then exit as if you live in Houston, but find you way to the gate area of your connecting flight and go through the TSA line there. Is that about right?

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by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:16 (20 days ago) @ Zbulldog

So to summarize, collect your bags and re-checking them, then exit as if you live in Houston, but find you way to the gate area of your connecting flight and go through the TSA line there. Is that about right?

YUP! You can go straight up and there is a TSA check point right there. Once inside if your not in the right spot take the tram/walk.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:25 (20 days ago) @ Zbulldog

Yup!

And taking the underground tram is much preferred to the above ground, which you need to pass though security to access.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, December 29, 2017, 21:55 (19 days ago) @ Zbulldog

So to summarize, collect your bags and re-checking them, then exit as if you live in Houston, but find you way to the gate area of your connecting flight and go through the TSA line there. Is that about right?

See my note below. Exactly. Leave the secure area and re+enter as an incoming passenger. Much, much easier than going into that security mess.

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by BL @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:55 (20 days ago) @ midalake

Thank you! And thanks for the tip about getting to a TSA Pre-check line.

I love this message board!

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, December 29, 2017, 21:47 (19 days ago) @ Froggy

My big headache with Houston is that terrible secondary security checkpoint for transient passengers. We have Global Entry and the last couple times we changed in Houston, we just went through expedited Customs, rechecked our bags and linstead of going to the passenger in transit place, we just exited and went through the incoming Houston passenger security line as pre-check. Much less angst. Breezed through security and went to our gate.