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TSA precheck

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by morecowbells, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    Unless there is something specific to the Cayman Islands I see no reason why Cayman Airlines can't be part of TSA Precheck, as there are at least three UK carriers I doubt that there are any legal reasons that preclude it.
  2. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Honolulu

    But also good to remember is that it is up to each airline to participate in working with pre-check. The airline has to put (The US Government approved) pre-check on your boarding pass or else you are out of luck.

    When I was living in Toronto it was nice that Nexus acted as pre-check for Canadian TSA (though I did still need to pull my computer out) and as long as I had my Nexus number listed as my Known Traveler Number, my return flights (USA to CA), on Canadian, carriers showed Pre-Check on my boarding pass. (Departing internationally or domestically within Canada only required showing my Nexus card)
  3. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    There isn't any problem when you are leaving the US and traveling to Cayman with many airlines. I've used Global Entry and TSA with AA, UA, and Delta many times when traveling to Grand Cayman and other foreign countries. I don't know why CA and some other smaller airlines don't accept TSA status for flights originating in the US and print the TSA status on your boarding pass.

    But it would be great if governments could negotiate international agreements to recognize and accept safe traveler status at airport security when you are traveling within/from a foreign country, the way that they accept passports and visas from different lands. Like when flying Cayman Airways to/from the Sister Islands - or when leaving Grand Cayman to come back home to the US on a US carrier or CA.

    But it seems unlikely to happen and so there's no TSA-like option when I am in Cayman, only when I am in the US and on the way there.
  4. Alucard

    Alucard Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Upstate New York, USA
    Kathy, I very much doubt that you have used Global Entry when leaving the USA - that is only for entering the country. TSA Pre is for leaving.

    It's not about "accepting TSA status" - there is a whole process to get the airlines to the point where they can participate in the program - it's not just as simple as adding a "TSA Precheck" to your boarding pass.

    Thank you, you are correct and that is a good observation. If that's the worst thing I have messed up in that long post, then I am doing pretty well. :)
  5. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    Thanks for the great summary, but GE includes TSA pre. In order to get through security at US airports you have to show your boarding pass (hopefully stamped TSA pre) and a valid ID, usually your drivers license or state id card, or your passport, or your global entry card - and the global entry card usually conveys TSA precheck status. So it is correct that you don't use the GE card "to leave the country" but you can use at security when you are traveling by air in the US on your way to an international (or domestic) flight.

    When I was applying for TSA and/or GE I learned that GE usually includes TSA as long as the airline cooperates and it appears on your boarding pass. So GE it is the better, more flexible option. I have never applied separately for TSA and I regularly get the TSA pre stamp on my boarding passes.

    My understanding is that Global Entry will work pretty much the same as your passport in the US. I once used the GE card at an incoming immigration kiosk (I think it was at MIA?) because I couldn't locate my passport for a panicky few minutes, and the GE worked fine, but I was happy to quickly find my actual passport anyway! I very much doubt that GE would be acceptable to incoming immigration in a foreign country because they would still want to see a passport.
  6. tkaelin

    tkaelin Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: CT
  7. caydiver

    caydiver Manta Ray

    Tkaelin I guess my experience has been similar to yours. That said I cannot even use machines at airports for international travel for boarding passes so I don’t really care which line I have to wait on or whether it is before or after security. I would love to fly private and skip all of it but we don’t always get what we want. Boy those airlines are out of line!!!
  8. tkaelin

    tkaelin Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: CT
    Our biggest problem has not been the security line leaving the states but customs/immigration in the states upon the return. That is solved if you have GE, at least in the NYC area or now with mobile passport app. That being said the constant on the procedure for US customs/immigration is change. We take 4 trips a year out of the US and the procedures entering the US for customs/immigration seem to change month to month, again at least in the NYC area. In June, there was a "line" for those with the mobile passport app separate from GE that was shorter than the GE line, which was pretty short.
  9. hilljo88

    hilljo88 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: nyc
  10. morecowbells

    morecowbells Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St. Louis burbs
    Fortunately, we are flying direct to Cayman Brac out of Miami. The return will for sure be a PITA seeing that we will have to fly from Brac through GCM. I do have Global Entry which has been the best $100 spent. Entering Miami and DFW has been a breeze, Atlanta on the other hand has been awful. The pre check line seems to run on banker's hours. Thanks everybody for your input.
    KathyV likes this.

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