Nobody tackled me as I strolled past the Customs agents to baggage claim. And not getting tackled is great, as Marvin Harrison could vouch for after that game against the Broncos in 2004.
After retrieving my suitcase, I entered the final portion of Customs, where most people hand over that form they fill out on the airplane that declares if they're carrying in excess of $10,000 cash, weird plants, or farm animals. I had nothing to declare but my genius for purchasing Global Entry, so I headed to the separate line (to the right), while all the plebs went to the left.
Two crew members went in front of me. Then I handed my receipt to the CBP agent, who stamped it. That was it.
Had I not checked a bag -- an admittedly amateur move -- I'd have been out of Customs and baggage claim in about two minutes.
I do not work for Customs and Border Patrol (thank God), nor do they pay me anything for advocating. But I will say this without hesitation: Global Entry is worth your $100 if you fly internationally even once a year, and it's good for five years. Getting TSA Precheck for domestic flights is just an added bonus.
Wouldn't you pay $20 to make a headache go away? Well, you can. And you should.
Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Travel Editor. He was not paid by CBP for this endorsement, but he's open to the idea. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.