Global Entry Program Expands
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced the expansion of the “Global Entry” pilot program to four additional airports: Los Angeles International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International, and Miami International.
Upon arrival at the airport, Global Entry-approved participants bypass the regular passport control line and proceed directly to the Global Entry kiosk. At the kiosk, Global Entry travelers activate the system by inserting their passports or U.S. permanent resident cards into a document reader. The kiosk directs travelers to provide digital fingerprints and compares them with the fingerprints on file.
The new Global Entry sites are expected to be operational in the fall of 2008, and will be equipped with kiosks for expedited processing. As part of the program’s expansion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will install Global Entry kiosks at additional international terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The Global Entry pilot program began June 10 at JFK, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Approximately 1,100 members have already enrolled and about 370 Global Entry members have used kiosks at the existing pilot locations.
Global Entry travelers are photographed and prompted to answer declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen. A transaction receipt is issued upon completion, which must be presented to CBP officers before leaving the inspection area.
The dates of the expansion of the Global Entry pilot program to the individual airports will be announced at http://www.cbp.gov.
The expansion was announced in a Federal Register notice.