I checked into this as 16 of us leave for Alaska this week and one has a DUI for 5 years ago. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING, that you can use US Direct to get back into the US as you described. Bus is taped etc. BUT, yoour ailine has to be signed up with US Direct and it has to be a straight non-stop flight to get home. We are flying Frontier and they are not signed up with USD. Also we fly from Vancouver to Denver then to Ohio. Hence we are not eligible for USD. This is what our TA told us. The person who this applys to in our group doesn't think he will have a problem. I hope he is right.