PHL AIRPORT INSTALLS HIGH-SPEED RE-ENTRY KIOSKS FOR PRE-REGISTERED OVERSEAS TRAVELERS
by KYW's Steve Tawa
If you're a frequent international air traveler, a new Homeland Security program called "Global Entry" may save you a lot of time.
Philadelphia International is the latest US airport to install the machines that can help get you through customs more quickly -- in as little as a minute, rather than up to an hour.
When they fly into Philadelphia International Airport from overseas, participants who are signed up for the program as "trusted travelers" will soon be able to fly through customs. After an in-person interview conducted by a Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") officer, getting fingerprinted and photographed, and paying a $100 fee, they're good to go for five years.
Margaret Braunstein, acting CBP assistant port director for passenger operations, says self-serve kiosks process the arrivals through biometric verification:
"Essentially bypassing relatively lengthy passport processing lines."
Global Entry subscribers insert their US passports or green card into a self-serve machines, provide digital fingerprints, and answer customs declaration questions on the touch-screen. After giving their transaction receipt to a CBP officer, they head to the baggage claim and exits.
The program began in 2008 at three airports -- JFK in New York; Dulles, outside Washington, DC; and Houston. Four more -- in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami -- joined months later.
Now, Philadelphia is among 13 additional US airports in the Global Entry program. So far, the only other nation to join the program is the Netherlands, but the UK, Germany, and Japan are said to be looking into it.
Source - KYW