PHOENIX, ARIZ.—Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport unveiled its newest addition, the Global Entry program, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and kiosk demonstration held Tuesday.
The event was kicked off by Assistant Port Director Warren Eales, who served as the master of ceremony, as he welcomed the distinguished guests, stakeholders and media representatives to the event. Event speakers included Assistant Director of Field Operations James Tong; Port Director Cleatus Hunt; Assistant Aviation Director Carl Newman for Sky Harbor Airport; and President and CEO of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Todd Sanders.
The Global Entry program is offered to low-risk international travelers to help expedite their process when entering the United States. Those enrolled in the program are on a volunteer basis. The pre-approved initiative allows participants to be processed in an expedited manner using a kiosk which captures the passengers' biometrics. Global Entry reduces average wait times by more than 70 percent.
"We are very excited to offer the Global Entry program to travelers here at Sky Harbor International," said Port Director Hunt. "It will facilitate travel and expedite the process for participants returning to the United States. This will allow CBP to focus its resources on the remainder of the passengers."
Sky Harbor is the latest of the top international airports in the U.S. to begin using the Global Entry program.
Assistant Aviation Director Newman thanked CBP and said the great working relationship between CBP and Sky Harbor/City of Phoenix made it all possible to offer Global Entry program in Phoenix.
Sanders, speaking from the Chamber of Commerce viewpoint, stated that offering Global Entry at Sky Harbor puts Phoenix on the top of the market and will benefit the community as a whole.
A Global Entry Enrollment Center is expected to open in the Phoenix area in the near future to process new applicants into the program.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.