Ensure your Passport has at least six (6) months validity when traveling internationally
The Passport Services department at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is receiving more reports of U.S. citizen travelers unable to board international flights because their passports do not have the required passport validity. Please ensure you have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and that it is valid through the dates of your trip. When traveling to an international destination, note that some countries require passports to be valid for at least six months upon entry. Go to travel.state.gov for more information.
The Important Difference Between Non-Stop and Direct Flights
A direct flight is from one airport to another, but includes stops in one or more cities along the way. The flight number or aircraft and your boarding pass remain the same, however, until the final destination is reached. You may be able to stay onboard during the stop or, if local regulations call for it, made to disembark with all your carry-on luggage, only to re-board again, re-stow your luggage, and re-take your assigned seat.
A non-stop flight is from one airport to another, without any stops along the way. When airlines began adding faster, longer flying jet aircraft to their fleets in the late 1950s, the term “non-stop” became vogue. A Northwest jet could now fly you from New York to Seattle without needing to stop, and ads in newspapers turned the focus to destinations beyond the coasts.
Connecting flights are from one city to another, with a layover stop in between to change planes. Each flight requires a separate boarding pass, but they're on one itinerary.
Mobile Passport Control (available in Boston/Logan Airport)
Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the Mobile Passport app to expedite their entry process into the United States. It is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet to submit their passport information and answer CBP inspection-related questions prior to CBP inspection. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), the app does not require pre-approval and is free to use. The app streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.
HOW DOES MPC WORK?
Eligible travelers can download the Mobile Passport app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Travelers will be prompted to create a profile via the app with their passport information. The profile includes the traveler’s name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. Upon landing in the United States, travelers will complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, taking a self-photo, and answering a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Once the traveler submits their transaction through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.
TSA Pre✓® Application Program
The TSA Pre✓® application program is one of four DHS Trusted Traveler programs. TSA Pre✓® allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.
How it works
An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.
Interested applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information that includes name, date of birth and address. An applicant will be fingerprinted and will be required to provide valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. An applicant also has the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an application center. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85.
After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. An applicant also may check status online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ and clicking on “Service Status.” The Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.
Once approved as eligible for TSA Pre✓®, the enrollee must enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations on any of the ten participating airlines. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.
Please make sure the name used when applying for the TSA Pre✓® application program matches the name used when booking travel.
TSA Pre✓® eligibility will be identified with a TSA Pre✓® indicator on the boarding pass.
Airline Do's and Don'ts
First, remember that when airlines say non-refundable and non-transferable, they mean it. No matter how good your reason may be to change a ticket, expect the airline to apply all penalties, fees and increased fares.
Airlines will usually assist if you need to correct the name for the original passenger. For instance, if it's spelled wrong, has the wrong prefix, or if it was changed due to marriage or divorce. You'll need to supply proof that the same person is using a new name.
If you make a mistake when you purchase a ticket, you have twenty-four hours to correct the error, including an incorrect name. Always review your confirmation after purchase. If you find an error, contact the airline or agency immediately.
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