Striking a balance between travel safety and facilitation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has found a way to give frequent travelers back a priceless commodity: time.
CBP began the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program in 2008. To date, nearly 1.4 million travelers receive the benefits of Global Entry and the kiosks, located at 42 airports, have been used close to four million times.
Upon arrival in the U.S. from international travel, Global Entry members are able to bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use automated kiosks.
Travelers scan their passports and fingerprints, answer the customs declaration questions using the kiosk's touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit with the whole process taking about a minute.
John Wayne Airport in California became the latest location to implement Global Entry, while new enrollment centers were opened at Anchorage International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, and San Antonio International Airport.
Currently 32 airports throughout the nation, serving 97 percent of international travelers arriving to the U.S., as well as 10 preclearance facilities in Canada and Ireland are equipped with Global Entry kiosks. Enrollment centers are located at 28 of the 32 U.S. airports with Global Entry kiosks.
For a list of locations or for more information, visit globalentry.gov.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.