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2012 Louisiana Houston, Texas 77002
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NEWS: Program Allows Skipping Long Passport Control Lines
Camille and Dan Sullivan of New Orleans once missed a connecting flight home from Italy because of long immigration and customs lines at Washington's Dulles International Airport. After more than two hours waiting to hand their passports and travel documents to government agents, they ran through the airport but couldn't make it to their gate in time.
"We missed it by four minutes," Camille Sullivan said.
That convinced the couple, who enjoy international vacations, to spend $100 each on Global Entry memberships.
Approved members can bypass long immigration and customs lines, scan their own passports at airport kiosks and continue on their way in less than a minute.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply to the program if they have never been convicted of a criminal offense and pass a background check. Once approved, participants can bypass the immigration queue at any U.S. airport with Global Entry kiosks. The membership must be renewed every five years.
Mexican travelers will soon be able to participate in a pilot program version of Global Entry. If they pass a background check and provide their biometrics to the Department of Homeland Security, they too can skip the long immigration lines at U.S. airports. The program has already been extended to Dutch citizens, and about 2,000 have signed up for it. The Netherlands offers a similar service for U.S. travelers.
During a recent visit to Houston, the Sullivans signed up at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry enrollment office at Bush Intercontinental Airport. An agent interviewed and fingerprinted them, scanned their passports and marked the documents with a simple "CBP" sticker.
"This will be great if we can zip through," said Camille Sullivan, who is looking forward to touring France's wineries soon.
Houston figures highest
In June 2008, the Houston airport was one of the first to add Global Entry kiosks. Since then, the Houston office has approved more than 13,000 members, and almost 75,000 travelers have used the Houston kiosks — the nation's highest in both categories.
The program is popular in Houston with flight crews, energy workers, Medical Center employees and leisure travelers, among others.
The government promotes Global Entry by going to area companies and enrolling workers who travel internationally.
"We go to the company with a mobile enrollment unit and enroll all their members at one time," said Alma Montemayor, chief of operations of Customs and Border Protection.
There are 10 kiosks at Bush Intercontinental, and a few more will be added next month.
"It's just convenient for me," said Continental Airlines flight attendant Lizzethe Escoto, who used a kiosk recently after a flight from Mexico City. "Once I get home, I don't have to stand in line. My time is worth it."
The automated machine scanned her passport and fingerprints, then asked her the customs declaration questions. In less than a minute, she left while her co-workers stood in the immigration crew line.
The program benefits all international travelers regardless of whether they participate, said Tim Joniec, director of the Houston Airport System's international affairs department.
"The more people you can take out of that line, the better," Joniec said, pointing to the regular immigration line, which had a 20-minute wait.
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