Faster Global Entry Processinghttps://i2.wp.com/www.chooseadventurebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Passports.jpg?fit=610%2C457&ssl=1610457Greg EllifritzGreg Ellifritzhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/e0796fbe64c5c54764b80b72b3148061?s=96&d=mm&r=g
I enrolled in Global Entry about a year ago. It was worth the hassle of traveling 90 minutes to the closest processing center for a 10 minute interview and fingerprint scan. It’s allowed me to re-enter the USA much faster than my previous attempts.
The problem for most people is scheduling the interview with CBP officers. There are limited sites with limited appointment windows. Sometimes it takes months to get on the interview schedule.
CBP added a new feature called “Appointment Scanner.” It monitors for open interview appointments that pop up due to last-minute cancellations. When they find an appointment that fits your requirements, you’ll receive a text message or email (or both – your choice). This alert has a link to the Global Entry scheduler website, where you can login and claim the appointment.
How Covid-19 is Affecting Air Travelhttps://i0.wp.com/www.chooseadventurebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/106644488-1596445598651-gettyimages-1216315312-img_7870.jpeg?fit=1340%2C500&ssl=11340500Greg EllifritzGreg Ellifritzhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/e0796fbe64c5c54764b80b72b3148061?s=96&d=mm&r=g
This post is just a quick note to highlight some of the travel changes in the wake of Covid-19. I flew domestically last month. There were not many changes other than the fact that the airlines required masks and that there was no meal/drink service on board.
I’m flying internationally this week. I’ll update you with more information after my trip. Until then, here are some references to help you navigate travel in the pandemic age.
“What Barnett came up with was that we have about a 1/4300 chance of getting Covid-19 on a full 2-hour flight — that is, about 1 in 4300 passengers will pick up the virus, on average. The odds of getting the virus are about half that, 1/7700, if airlines leave the middle seat empty. He’s posted his results as a not-yet-peer-reviewed preprint.
The odds of dying of a case contracted in flight, he found, are even lower — between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000 — depending on your age and other risk factors. To put that in perspective, those odds are comparable to the average risk of getting a fatal case in a typical two hours on the ground.”