I’ve been on the fence about Global Entry and TSA pre-check, and I’ve considered signing up several times. Yet every time I go to the airport, the TSA pre-check line is closed or the regular security line is short. I think of how irate I would be if I had paid for this service and it wasn’t even available to me! In this Mobile Passport App Review, I am going to tell you what it is, how it works, and how to get started with it today! Oh, and where you can use it, because that will certainly determine if it will be helpful for you or not.
As I walked into Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) today after my return flight from Turks & Caicos, a staff member was trying to convince people to download the Mobile Passport App by CBP. I was skeptical, so I joined the long line of US Citizens but downloaded the app while I waited. First, I scanned my passport, answered my questions, and before I ever reached the new kiosks I was ready to use the new app. I switched over to the empty mobile passport line. I met the CBP officer, I showed him my passport, scanned the barcode produced in the app, and I was on my way to customs where I repeated those simple steps on more time. It was really that easy, and I am traveling on a temporary passport! My flight was due to land at 4pm and I was already in an uberPOOL heading home before 4pm!
How it Works at the Airport
When you land, you use wifi or cell service to access the app. I had to create a new profile on the spot, but it was still quite simple. You can even create your profile today to speed up the process when you are traveling. Then, you enter a few details about your trip and answer four simple questions from CBP. After completing these steps, follow the signs for Mobile Passport Control. You show your passport to the CBP officer, scan the barcode created in the app, and you are finished.
Where the App Works
- ATL, BWI, BOS, ORD, DFW, DEN, FLL, PEV (cruise port), IAH, HOU, MIA, MSP, JFK, EWR, MCO, RDU, SMF, SFO, SJC, TPA, and IAD.
What You Can Do Today
1. Download the app.
2. Create and save your profile for future use. You’ll need your passport so you can scan it into the app. You can also create profile for your family members and save them in the app.
Who Can Use the App
The app is available to US Citizens with a valid US passport. Canadian Citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status may also use this app.
My next question is…now that I have this app, do I really need Global Entry?
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