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DHS and American Airlines Advance Global Entry

Release Date: 
January 13, 2015

American Airlines offers Global Entry to Pilots and Crew

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in coordination with American Airlines today announced that the airline will provide Global Entry membership as a benefit provided to their pilots and crew. Global Entry allows expedited CBP clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

“The Department is committed to ensuring the safety and security of passengers traveling to, from, and within the United States” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “We will continue to work to find ways to improve the passenger experience for the millions of travelers passing through our airports every day, and to expand our trusted traveler programs, while maintaining the highest standards of security.”

Global Entry is a quick and easy way for trusted travelers to expedite their entry into the U.S. Launched in 2008, as a pilot program, Global Entry is now a permanent program operational at 42 U.S. airports and 12 preclearance locations. These locations serve 99 percent of incoming air travelers to the United States. Global Entry members receive the added benefit of being eligible to participate in TSAPre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expedited screening program. 

While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the security process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program's terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler's membership privileges.

U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for this trusted traveler program as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has reciprocal agreements, including Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea and Germany. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use Global Entry.  Persons under the age of 18 who meet the general eligibility criteria and have the consent of a parent or legal guardian are also eligible to participate in Global Entry.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017