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More US airports offer Global Entry scheme

5 Oct 2008

The Global Entry programme, designed by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to streamline arrival procedures, is now available at four more international US airports. Approved members returning to the US use the Global Entry kiosks as an alternative to regular passport control lines.

At the kiosk, trusted travellers activate the system by inserting their passport or US permanent resident card into a document reader. Then, they are asked to provide digital fingerprints, which compares that biometric data with the fingerprints on file.

Global Entry travellers will be prompted to answer declaration related questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen. A transaction receipt will be issued upon completion that must be presented to CBP officers prior to leaving the inspection area.

The programme, which started in June at Washington DC’s Dulles International, New York’s John F Kennedy International and Houston’s George Bush International, now includes Los Angeles International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International and Miami International.

Global Entry kiosks will also be installed at additional terminals at JFK International on October 17.

To date, approximately 3,500 members have already enrolled and over 1,100 Global Entry members have used kiosks at the pilot locations.

Global Entry is open to US citizens or lawful permanent residents. To apply, go to www.globalentry.gov.

Margie T Logarta

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