Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced a new partnership between the DHS and Loews Hotels & Resorts to promote the Department's expedited traveler programs, which includes CBP's Global Entry and the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Pre?™.

Currently available at 30 U.S. airports, Global Entry streamlines the screening process for trusted travelers using biometric identification and reduces average wait times by 70 percent, according to DHS, with more than 75 percent of travelers using Global Entry processed in under five minutes. More than a million people are enrolled in Global Entry, and these travelers have used its automated kiosks more than three million times.

The TSA Pre?™ pre-screening initiative allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening. Eligible passengers enter a separate security lane where they receive expedited screening, and may pass through screening technology without removing shoes, light outerwear, belts, laptops, or 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels from their carry-on. To be eligible, participants must be U.S. citizens traveling through one of the 25 participating U.S. airports and members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs or select frequent flyers of participating airlines. More than 2.8 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre?™ security lanes since the initiative began in October 2011, DHS said.

Through the new partnership, Loews Hotels offers its YouFirst Platinum loyalty rewards members complimentary enrollment in the Global Entry program. CBP will review the applicant's information; conduct an in-person interview at a CBP enrollment center, including providing fingerprints; and complete a background check.

The announcement is available here.