-Posted by Secretary Napolitano
Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order announcing new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States while encouraging job creation.
One of these initiatives makes Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pilot that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers arriving at our airports, a permanent initiative.
This final rule will allow the Global Entry program to initially expand to four more international airports – Minneapolis, Charlotte, Denver and Phoenix – making expedited clearance through the Global Entry program available at airports serving 97 percent of international travelers arriving in the United States.
Over the last three years, we have deployed Global Entry to 20 airports and enrolled more than 246,000 trusted travelers who have used this expedited processing 1.7 million times.
Travelers who participate in the Global Entry program experience reduced average wait times of 70 percent over travelers going through traditional passport inspection, and more than 75 percent of Global Entry members are processed in under five minutes.
The Global Entry program is another way DHS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are helping to promote travel and tourism and stimulate our economy, while maintaining the highest standards of security. I am proud of this good work, and I look forward to the expansion of Global Entry and our other trusted traveler program in the coming months.