- DHS Announces Proposal to Make Global Entry Program Permanent
- December 8, 2009
- Law Firm: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP - Cincinnati Office
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed making the Global Entry Program a permanent program. The program, which began in mid-2008, streamlines the screening process at airports for travelers who register and provide biometric identification.
Members go to a kiosk at the airport, insert their passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to DHS officers before leaving the inspection area. DHS reports that this program can cut down airport wait times by 70 percent. To date, there are approximately 27,000 Global Entry program members.
The program is currently available at twenty airports -- Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Houston (Intercontinental), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York (JFK), Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Sanford, Seattle and Washington (Dulles).