Navigating Houston airport

by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 15:45 (295 days ago)

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

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

by BL @, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:06 (294 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!

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

by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:27 (294 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.

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

by BL @, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:38 (294 days ago) @ Froggy

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

Safe travels!

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

by Froggy, Thursday, December 28, 2017, 22:57 (294 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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Navigating Houston airport - Global Entry/TSA Pre-check?

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Friday, December 29, 2017, 07:58 (294 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.)

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

by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 09:14 (294 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.

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

by Zbulldog @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:10 (294 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?

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

by midalake @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:16 (294 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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Navigating Houston airport - Global Entry/TSA Pre-check?

by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, December 29, 2017, 21:55 (293 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.

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

by BL @, Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:55 (294 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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Navigating Houston airport

by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, December 29, 2017, 21:47 (293 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.