Ugh. ‘Tis the season for longer lines at the airport, as the long July 4th weekend kicks off a peak travel season that’s expected to be even busier than usual. That means travelers can expect a backup at customs and immigration when returning from international getaways.
Jetsetters often swear by Global Entry, a US-government “trusted traveler” program that expedites passengers through customs when re-entering the country. Designed for “pre-approved, low risk” travelers coming into the U.S., Global Entry works great for those who’ve thought ahead, gone through a pre-trip screening process and paid a $100 fee.
For the rest of us, there’s another totally legit path to the fast lane – one with no weeks-long processing time and no fee.
Mobile Passport is a free app officially authorized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that lets you fill out customs forms on your phone and then sail through designated fast lanes at customs and immigration.