During Government Shutdown Global Entry Interviews are Cancelled, No One is Protecting Data Privacy

During the government shutdown Global Entry enrollment centers are generally closed. In the first couple days of the shutdown I heard from two readers who said they managed to keep their appointments.

The Department of Homeland Security is largely though not entirely exempt from the shutdown. For instance 54,935 out of 60,109 Customs and Border Protection employees continue work, and perhaps the employees involved hadn’t yet gotten the memo.

All that’s on the website is that the website isn’t being updated. Helpful.

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However several readers have gotten emails and even personal phone calls letting them know their appointment cannot be honored. So people are working to cancel appointments, but not working to keep those appointments. And apparently little regard is being paid to privacy.

Here’s one email that went out Friday afternoon cancelling appointments in Phoenix,

Good morning,

Please be advised The Phoenix Global Enrollment Center will be closed till further notice due to our Government shut down.

Your appointment will be cancelled and you will have to reschedule at a later time.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Supervisory CBP Officer
Office of Field Operations
Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport

The email was sent to hundreds of people. I know this because their email addresses are all listed in the To: field.

This is a reminder to be skeptical of bureaucracies managing large databases of personal information. It’s not just Marriott failing to guard your personal information. Remember that the government’s Office of Personnel Management hack was worse, containing security clearance information on large numbers of federal employees.

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  1. I quote from some of your own drug fuelled ravings, dear @JC “70% of the world’s tigers feast on turds like you. ”
    Since I learnt English, while you somehow earned it, (LOL), that statement implies that 70% of the worlds tigers are man eaters.
    You know only one language and cant even use it properly. Some first world education! Hahahahahahahahahah

  2. @747naked: Apu, leave the water buffalo for a while and focus on reading. You see, Chee Chee, turds like you = those from ShitholeIndia. Since 100% of the world’s tigers don’t live in Shithole India, they can’t eat you, Apu. But virtually 100% of tigers will eat people. Not that a coolie like you is considered people, Apu.

    Mr. Chee Chee, the humiliation China forces ShitholeIndia to endure continues today. Just last week a squad of PLA soldiers marched up to one of your coolie soldiers and bitch-slapped him. The other ShitholeIndia soldiers just cowered in fear. They are as brave as you, Apu.

    Now go back to wanking your water buffalo, Apu.

  3. Ah, dear Frau Braun, Still no facts to substantiate your ravings. I know your allergic to facts, just as you’re allergic to soap, water, and toothpaste.
    To paraphrase CCR, please Run from the Jungle.
    Your focus on water buffalo says a lot about your depraved sexual habits, dear boll weevil. @JC the Jungli Chuthan

  4. Interesting elitism from the Gropette, @JC the Jungli Chuthan. A coolie is not a human? Kind of like how Hitler thought the Jews were sub human, and how your Bone Spur Boy thinks African Americans are sub human. Seig Heil Frau Chuthan!
    Btw I am so sorry that you cant speak English properly. Your first world education system obviosuly failed you, when you cant even speak the one language you are taught correctly.

  5. @747naked: Apu, if someone says the Earth is round, a Chee Chee like you will cry for facts. Ask your water buffalo to teach you to read. I bet it’s your prized possession.

    A coolie “like you” is subhuman. See how the finer points of English work, Apu? Nobody said every coolie, Apu. Only you. Now before your extra chromosome starts itching, let’s look at some facts. You run naked through airplanes. You have an IQ lower than your water buffalo. You are a congenital liar. Your English skills are on par with a retarded gerbil. You’ve been caught molesting little kids several times. The only positive aspect is that you are impotent and haven’t been able to get your water buffalo pregnant. It’s clear to see, Chee Chee, the gene pool considers you a liability. You should go play with those friendly tigers roaming ShitholeIndia.

    Apu, it’s only logical a Chee Chee like you lives in BOM. It’s a fitting place for the subhuman coolie you are. BOM. BOwel Movement. Describes you perfectly, Apu.

    P.S. Don’t fall off the roof of the train, Apu. You’ll splatter and someone will have to clean up the pile of stench you melt into.

    And, Apu, stay in third grade until they teach you how to use apostrophes. You know, like with “cant”.

  6. Ah racist POS @Jungli Chuthan the Bhutni couldnt come up with any facts. Looks like she has at least bothered to learn some English, as opposed to standing in Picadilly square hoping to earn some English. Hahahaha
    I am so happy that a racist like yourself shows her true colours. Mumbais trains run, unlike the joke that your first world country (LOL) calls the New York subway system.
    All you have done is make a shit load of assertions, without substantiating them. Your constant ravings are your coping mechanism, which is understandable. After all it must be difficult to live with the incredible level of stupidity that you possess. Keep going on, dear Chuthan. We know youre an illegal immigrant. You will be deported soon!

  7. Look at @JC the Jungli Chuthan
    She is such a Bhuthan
    Her grandad was a Nazi,
    And her father was a pansy,
    They ran from Vietnam,
    Like they run from life itself

  8. @JC claims to know English, yet she comes up with gems like “earn your English”. Oh the delicious irony.

  9. @747naked: Apu, even a subhuman Chee Chee like you should be able to express themselves in one post and not drivel on in three. Your syph-infected brain has problems with multiple concepts, we see.

    BOM trains run. Exactly like BOwel Movements. All you coolies sitting on the roof and hanging out the windows like monkeys. No wonder you have that little brown dot on your head. It’s the bird shit that falls from the sky on you — a BOM DOT. You’ve never been to NYC so you have no idea what the NYC subway system is like. You’ve only seen it in your comic books, Apu. Your water buffalo could easier get a visa to the US than you.

    Apu Che Che the coolie’s subhuman
    Water buffalo dick he’s a chewin’
    Clean-up on isle three
    He’s angry at me
    ‘Cause I’m the one his mother is doin’

    Clean that BOwel Movement dot off your pointy little head, Apu.

  10. oh Look here comes the bigot @JC
    She thinks she’s so smart
    (Her IQ is that of a fart)
    And she’s too ugly
    To even be a tart

    English is her first lingo
    Or so she does say
    Like a donkey
    She continues to bray
    Her hygiene is so poor
    We can smell her in Bombay

  11. Btw @JungliChuthan JC, I think you meant aisle 3, not isle 3.
    So sad that you don’t know what English words mean. Your English skills are those of a termite. Hahahahahahaha

  12. @747naked: Apu, you got your poetry and limerick skills from your water buffalo, no?

    Hurry, climb on the train, coolie. Chee Chee on the choo choo.

  13. @JungliChuthan Your English language skills still equate to those of a termite. First world education! Thanks for the laughs dear skank!

  14. So sad that @JC doesnt know what a coolie does. But then, the product of a cuck marriage like yourself will always be full of rage.
    Oh look the Vietnameses are coming! Run @JC like your cowardly race! Whoo whoo!

  15. @747naked: Apu, even a subhuman coolie like you should know that termites are abundant in BO(wel) M(ovement). You eat them in soup, right?

    Wipe that brown bird-shit dot off. It makes your forehead too shiny, Chee Chee.

  16. @747naked: Lady parts, Apu? You’ve only seen your mother’s. And your water buffalo’s. Ask your mom if you can borrow hers.

    “Vietnameses”? Apu, that bird-shit dot is infecting your extra chromosome. The other coolies are ashamed of you. Go play with your friendly, loving tigers.

  17. Your English skills still suck. Even though I’m from what you call a shithole. Says so much about your and your country. Hahahahaha.

  18. @747naked: Ok, Che Che, go cuddle with your water buffalo, Apu. Have fun in shithole BO(well) M(movement).

  19. Awww. Ickle @JC the Trumpette agrees her English skills stink worse than her unwashed posterior.

  20. @JC showcases her rotten English all the time. Just keeps proving that Nazis are stupid

  21. @747naked: “Ickle”? Is that ShitholeIndia’s water-buffalo language, Apu?

    You have a thing for “unwashed posteriors”. Do they get you excited? Jobby jabber much?

    Che Che, I bet if you wash your water buffalo’s posterior, you can finally have sex.

  22. Awww. The first usage of ickle is slang from the United States of Saudi Arabia and Russia. But since @JC gets paid by Saudi’s (who are as unhygienic as she is), she will still cheer for Brown Nose Bone Spur boy. Oh look. Theres a Vietnamese standing next to her. Look at Jc run from the Vietnamese like her coward cuckold father did. Hahahahaha

  23. @747naked: Apu, your turban is wound too tight. Your two brain cells aren’t getting enough blood flow. “Ickle” must be ShitholeIndia slang.

    Sorry, Apu, no Vietnamese here. Only Chinese. Chinese are nice. I like how they humiliate Chee Chee’s like you every day.

    How do you know Saudis (notice the lack of an apostrophe, coolie Apu) are unhygienic? How many have you enticed to root you? I doubt they’d be turned on when you bend over. They don’t do pigs. Or water buffalos.

  24. Oh I wear a turban? Thanks skanky, but there are only certain castes that wear them.
    Interesting that you talk about the hygiene levels of Saudi’s but you don’t deny that you service them, Ms “Earn your English on isle 3” . Thanks for the constant laughs @JungliChuthan Hahahahahahahaha

  25. She knows of an apostrophe
    Her grammar though is a catastrophe
    She is the one and only
    Skanky @JC

    It has been quite a while
    But she’s back to spread her bile
    Forgive her her tongue that is so vile
    As she doesn’t know the diff
    Betwixt isle and aisle!


  26. @747never: Apu, clean-up on aisle three! Quickly, coolie Chee Chee, clean it up. It’s probably your BOwel Movement.

    Of the mess you made when you bent over in front of that Saudi. He thought your turban was cute.

    Which caste are you, Apu? Water buffalo caste?

  27. You used the word aisle! Finally. Funny how your ridiculously bad grammar needs to be constantly corrected by me.
    Your last statement is grammatically incorrect and hence is incomprehensible. Please come back once you’ve earned your English on Isle3. Thanks for the laughs, dear Racist @junglichuthan

  28. She sees an isle
    And thinks of a shop
    As humping Saudi’s
    Has turned her brains to slop
    Please don’t be angry
    It’s not her fault you see
    As she is the

  29. Her father ran from Vietnam
    He was cuckolded by her Mum
    That’s why she’s so angry you see
    Yes we are talking about the Nazi @JC

  30. @747never: Swami, tighten your turban, Apu. Your skills as a poet are on par with a ShitholeIndia citizen. 3 posts — one for each of your functioning brain cells. Apu?

    Your water buffalo must be sad and also jealous. You will be returning to Saudi Arabia to continue being the sex toy of your employer’s clients. When you bend over in front of them, do you dream they are your water buffalo? Or your father?

    Hey, Chee Chee, your pictures and personal details are all over Google. Someone is setting up a website about you now. http://www.747always.com. Your mommy will be proud of you.

  31. @747naked: 3 posts. One for each of your brain cells, Apu?

    Swami, tighten your turban. It might fall off, Apu, when you hang from the train window like a monkey.

    Your water buffalo will be proud to see you when presented on 747always.com. Even your Saudi and Pakistani rump rangers will think you are cute.

  32. You can keep calling me a coolie, and keep calling India a shithole, but you’re the so called superior individual from the superior country, but you’re the one who earned your English on Isle 3.
    It’s interesting seeing how boring your whole conversation is. Try harder to inject some new material. Originality though is not your strong suit.
    Have a lovely day, dear @JustaloadofCrap

  33. Forgot to mention you wrote BO(WELL) movement sometime back while referring to a city I travel from.
    I think you will find that it is spelled BOWEL.
    You’re welcome, dear @JustaloadofCrap

  34. @747naked: Apu, why do they post your photo on 747always.com? Is it National ShitholeIndia Coolie Day!

    Sorry to hear about your sister, Apu. foxnews.com/world/teenage-girl-murdered-mutilated-by-family-for-eloping-with-boyfriend-indian-police-say

    Remember to wrap your turban tightly, Swami. Would hate for you to have all that toilet paper blown away in a sudden gust of wind.

  35. Awwww. Still the same sad shit. Funny how someone who claims to be a feminist finds joy in things like this. Ah. But a feminist can’t be a Trumpette.
    Nice try @Justaloadofcrap. Keep getting frustrated. That is your aukat after all.

  36. @747naked: Apu, are you angry and frustrated because your sister was knobbing your water buffalo? Is that why you killed her?

    Poor coolie, who will steam-dry your turban and wipe your shithole for you now that your sister is gone?

  37. Booooring @JustaloadofCrap. Btw. Am I a swami or a coolie? Make up your mind dear syphilitic scumbag.

  38. I never pretended a Swami. You’re the one who said it dear confused one. You’re intellect is so pitiful. You’re so obviously the product of inbred cowards. @JustastinkingCunt

  39. @747naked: Apu, you pretend you have ESP. But don’t let your tiny little brain get overheated. I just saw they coined a new word just for you: Swamoolie. Or maybe Cooliami. See, now you can pretend to be both a swami and remain a coolie. Are you happy now, Chee Chee Apu?

  40. I never pretended to have ESP, dear @JustaConartist. It’s just one of your delusional rantings again. Try harder dear behen ki lodi.
    In the interim do attempt to learn some English rather than attempting to earn it. Hahahahahahahaha

  41. @747naked: Apu, loosen up the turban, swamoolie. Your extra chromosome is struggling to breathe. Don’t you realize just how much your water buffalo would be lost without you?

  42. @747naked: Apu, you’d be better understood if you just write ShitholeIndia language.

    “I never pretended a Swami.” What precisely are you trying to say, Chee Chee? Are you admitting you never pretended to be a Swami, but you did rape one?

    “You’re intellect is so pitiful.” Are you trying to say, coolie, that “You are intellectual, but I’m pitiful?” If you said that, you’d get an A for honesty, Apu.

    Why do you wear a pink turban, swamicoolie?

  43. am happy to concede I erred. You’re still butthurt because of gems like “earn your English” and Isle 3! Hahahahaha. So sad that @JungliChuthan, can’t speak her own mother tongue. Hahahahahaha
    PS. +1 for actually noticing something I left for you. Hahahahaha

  44. @747naked: Apu, why did you get fired from The Simpsons? Tried to rape Lisa, didn’t you? Hard to escape your coolie, ShitholeIndia heritage.

  45. Better an Indian than a syphlitic “American” Nazi like yourself, who can’t even speak her own language properly. So sad that you get schooled by us coolies! Your bum must be really hurt for you to stay up all night. Hahahahahaha @JustaChuthan

  46. She stays up all night
    (In Murica)
    To attempt to fight
    With a “coolie” from India

    But she’s so stupid
    (She’s never been visited by Cupid)
    That she cant even get spellings right

    English is her lingo
    (Her lucks really bad at bingo)
    She spreads her bad spelling like a blight

    The question thus arises
    (Is it being American that she prizes)
    Could she really be from the USA?

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