We used Mobile Passport for years and it worked very well, although finding the line was always a challenge. It was taken over by MPC run by Homeland Security. It works the same as the original Mobile Passport. It only facilitates entry and doesn’t provide TSA Precheck. Global Entry speeds entry and as an added benefit provides Precheck. We sped through Immigration in CTL on our last trip with GE. The facial recognition took less than 30 seconds. We are still big fans of Mobile Passport, now MPC.
"A bottle of rum, cigars and cheap souvenirs" - memorize it and say the same thing every time. You never know when you're going to get a new/overzealous customs agent and it sounds a lot more honest than being unprepared or saying "nothing".
Our friends buy waaaaay too much jewelry every year and they declared it once not knowing any better. After wasting a bunch of time and scrambling to find $39 or whatever like the OP (they would only take cash) one of the agents whispered to them saying not to make a declaration like that ever again.
Hurricane Ian's eyewall passed directly over the Dry Tortugas yesterday evening with 120mph winds, making it the first unofficial Florida landfall. Irma damaged some of the moat wall back in 2017, and that storm was about 100 miles to the east.
I have two liquor cabinets, one for the everyday stuff and one lockable cabinet that's for my collection of bourbons, scotches and ports. The regular one usually gets cleaned out whenever our (adult) kids and their friends come for ski or beach weekends.
I felt bad calling when all the airlines are busy with Ian, but, after some unpleasant exchanges with a completely incompetent agent via chat I went ahead and plugged my phone in on speaker and listened to elevator music for 45 minutes while working until I got a live person with Delta. After the initial attempt of them trying to keep me on a redeye, and the person clearly understanding what my complaint was, she said yes she should could put me back on the afternoon flight to ATL that was only 13 minutes different than what I previously booked. She just had to go get override codes. 10 minutes later she was back on and fixed everything.
I can't think of any reason other than trying to get me on cheaper flights that they would try such a thing seems how the price has doubled since I booked in May. Complete scam IMO.