Program could fast-track travelers back into US

October 30, 2008 2:36:00 PM PDT
A new program called Global Entry will benefit international travelers and improve security at the country's airports. That's what U.S. Customs officials said Thursday at O'Hare airport, where they demonstrated how it works.

The program allows travelers returning to the U.S. to skip the line at customs. Instead, they will go to a kiosk where they will be asked to submit their passport or permanent resident card. They must also verify their fingerprints and answer several questions.

This program is only for travelers who are considered low risk. They will have to complete an application process and be approved.

"This new pilot will allow CBP officers to finally concentrate our efforts on potentially higher risk travelers and goods and help secure our borders," said David J. Murphy, U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

This is a pilot program. It's also being used at John F. Kennedy airport in New York, Bush Intercontinental in Houston and Washington Dulles.


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