Where is the Global Entry enrollment office at PHL?

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  1. roberton3
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    Have any of you been to the Global Entry enrollment office at PHL? Can you fill me in on how to get there -- and more importantly, how easy it is to get to? Is it inside or outside security?

    The instructions describe it as being on the 3rd floor of the international arrivals hall. But they're not very clear on how to get there, and don't say anything about security. I'm sure I can find it, but I'm wondering how far in advance I'll need to arrive. And I'm not flying the same day as my interview, so I'm hoping that the office is outside security.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Wandering Aramean
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    It will be outside security; I am not aware of any which are inside.

    I don't know exactly where in PHL it is but I'd start by heading towards where the arriving passengers come out and ask someone uniformed around there.
     
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    I just got back from my appointment. The office is outside security, but it's not that easy to find (even with the instructions on how to get there, I had to ask for directions).

    One tip for those going in the future: the hardest part of finding the office was finding the elevator to the third floor (where the office is). If you park in the terminal A west garage, the elevator is just inside the door from the garage -- don't go over the bridge to the main part of the terminal.
     
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    A few aren't located in airports.

    IIRC ATL used to be airside, on the funny intermediate escalator level when going between the little train and the terminal E concourses, near the foreign currency office. Since F has opened, the GE office might have moved.
     
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    Roberton3's instructions were the best - I think without them I'd have been wandering around for a long time. Basically the Global Entry office is on the 3rd floor of Terminal A West in Philadelphia. When you get in the elevator from the garage this is called the Arrivals Hall (3) and you walk across the bridge from the elevators and go to the left (across from the Dunkin Donuts) to a very tiny black speaker box on the wall, press it and wait for someone to let you in. There are small signs printed on what looks like letter-size paper so you really could miss it if you aren't alert.
     
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    I remember my initial interview at IAD many years ago, it wasn't easy to find that office either. From what I have read and learned elsewhere, many Global Entry Offices are difficult to find. The only common factor is that the offices, regardless of the airport, are outside security.
     
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    Technically, the offices at EWR are inside security -- they are close to the exit but BEFORE the exit of international arrivals. You need to show your appointment to security to be allowed to walk back through the arrivals corridor to the offices.
     
  8. GlobalMama

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    I have a story to share about the PHL Global Entry office, and it's not a good one. My husband and I were mistreated here and I would not recommend it to anyone. We were travelling to Venice, Italy via PHL and I thought I would utilize our 3.5 hour layover to complete our interviews. From what I had read online, they are generally pretty short, no more than 15 minutes, and they take some fingerprints.

    We had a 1 year old girl at the time, we all had appointments, arrived on time, and were buzzed into the office with two other gentlemen who did not have appointments. We sat in a small waiting room where they were showing a video about the Global Entry process. I noticed some very tiny signs on the wall about no cell phones, and made a mental note not to call anyone. We kept looking at our watches, and pretty soon, 45 minutes had gone by and we had watched the looped video 6 times. We were tired after flying early from LA, my husband and I running on 2 and 4 hours of sleep, respectively. My baby was getting fussy. No one came to tell us anything. Finally, my husband fell asleep in his chair, and I was trying to keep the baby entertained. My husband's phone rang, and he jolted out of his nap, a little confused about where he was. He saw it was his mom, and answered because he was waiting to hear if she and her husband had made her connection in DC, as they were meeting us in Venice. I don't think he had noticed the No Cell Phone signs or was too tired to remember, and I was too busy with baby to think to remind him.

    Within 20 seconds of his answering, a very intimidating border agent stormed into the room and yelled, "Sir, there is no cell phone use in here! Get off your phone!" My husband literally jumped in his chair, looking startled, and said to his mom, "Mother, I have to go, I'm being scolded." As he hung up, I turned to the agent and said, "I'm sorry, he didn't see the signs." But the guy gave us no opportunity to explain anything else, not that we were exhausted, that he had been asleep and confused, or that we had been waiting for 45 minutes past our appointment. He turned to the two people without appointments, and said "I'll take you two," turned back to us and said, in a very threatening tone, ”You two will have to wait.” We were shocked and utterly blind-sided by this aggressive overreaction and unreasonable person.

    We were forced to wait another 20 minutes. Our baby had a poopy diaper, and I was very irritated at being made to wait. The agent came back, and without giving us another second to explain ourselves, said to my husband, “We are not going to see you today. You will have to come back another time.” My husband leaped up, saying, “What?!” I jumped up and tried to defend him, saying, “Sir, he didn’t know about the no cell phone rule, and I should have reminded him but-“ The agent cut me off saying, “Are you with him?” “Yes,” I said. He replied, “Then I’m not going to see you either.” My husband and I then demanded to know why, and to explain our side, but he wouldn’t listen. He made us leave the waiting room, and my husband was very upset (he hates to be disrespected), and demanded to have this man’s name so he could report him to a manager, and the guy said, “I could give you this business card, but if I do, I will put a note making sure you NEVER get Global Entry.” I said, “Then we don’t want your card,” and I pushed back at him, but he wouldn’t take it back. My husband was fuming, I was almost hysterical, and our baby was fussy. The man went back into the office, and I burst into tears in front of several employees. One kind woman listened as we told her our story, and a male employee told us how mean the agents can be. He said one airport employee was fired because he failed to show his badge to an agent fast enough. We said that we are never coming back and will report this as soon as we could. As if that wasn’t bad enough, we had to go back through security, where, in my emotional state, I misplaced my passport and had to run around in a panic before our flight trying to find it. It turns out I had hastily put it in my backpack instead of around my waist. So we started our trip in a state of shock and tears. Fortunately, the rest of the trip was fantastic and helped us forget about this temporarily.

    A few weeks ago, however, we decided to try to get Global Entry again at LAX, seeing as we had already spent $300, non-refundable. We got there super early, ready to explain what happened if they asked about the prior “issue at airport,” as it said on our GOES website profile. There was no need. They took all three of us early, no waiting room, no questions about PHL, and we were done in 5 minutes!! The agents were super nice, too. We couldn’t believe the difference between our treatment there and our treatment in Philidelphia. We are now happily in possession of our Global Entry cards. I’m not sure if I will be able to, as we have since lost the card that the mean agent wouldn’t let me give back, but if it is possible, I will be reporting this incident to the Customs and Border Agency in PHL. Some guy on a power trip should not be able to bully and intimidate good, law-abiding people. I hope anyone else who goes there gets lucky and has an uneventful experience, but be aware … and avoid Phili if you can.
     
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    I just did this on 8/29/2017.
    The easiest way to get there is via shuttle drop off outside the terminal.

    --get the shuttle/ride to drop you off at Terminal A West (arrivals for international flights) right at the #4(shuttle pick up sign). This is directly infront of the doors that get you there easiest!
    --Once you are dropped off infront of the #4(pick up/drop off for shuttles) go into the doors there and to the right is an escilator that will take you to the top. The escilator slips into 2 sections, but take it to the top and turn left.
    --when you turn left there is only this hall so proceed to the open room that you will come to and look left just past the restrooms. There is the -DO NOT ENTER- hanging. There are double glass doors with a speaker box( top box, not the one with the keypad). Directly across from the doors is a sitting area that is just a big round hall. I think there is a Hudson news there too.
    It is super easy to find. I went not knowing where to go and as I came in the door after being dropped off by the airport shuttle a man asked if I was looking for global entry. He told me go up the escalator and turn left and proceed to the open room and from there I saw a sign at the door while walking into the room.
     
  10. PaulOnion

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    Did it ever occur to you that the reason why there's a rule for no cell phone use may have something to do with potential terrorists using a scanning device to seek out vulnerabilities in the "not right in front of YOUR eyes" security locking down border patrol?

    When you're going for Global Entry, you're dealing with the folks tasked with at least making an attempt to prevent people who might carry a nuclear weapon into the United States to destroy I don't know.... Dayton OH perhaps?
     
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    You are correct, we need to watch everyone, but we load the cargo full, and never check it's contents, or the people loading it.

    Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery County, nice little airport..
     

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