The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a significant expansion to the Global Entry 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.
The program began at seven airports -- Atlanta, Chicago (O’Hare), Houston (Intercontinental), Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Miami and Washington (Dulles). This expansion brings the program to the following airports -- Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Honolulu, Las Vegas, Newark, N.J., Orlando, Fla., Sanford, Fla., Philadelphia, San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Francisco and Seattle