U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the integration of facial biometrics into Global Entry as the program celebrates 10 years of expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States. CBP launched a pilot program today at Orlando International Airport integrating facial recognition into Global Entry kiosks.
“CBP is moving towards Global Entry 2.0—making Trusted Travelers entry into the United States even faster and more secure by utilizing facial recognition technology,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “On an average day, 10 percent of international air travelers use Global Entry kiosks to streamline their arrivals process, reducing wait times and increasing efficiency.”
Since 2008, Global Entry membership has grown to more than 5.4 million members directly enrolled in the program and another 2 million trusted travelers, enrolled in NEXUS or SENTRI, eligible to use Global Entry kiosks. The program has expanded eligibility to foreign nationals from more than a dozen participating countries and Global Entry kiosks are available at 74 airports worldwide.
Global Entry has grown substantially since launching as a pilot program on June 6, 2008, with a few hundred members at three international airports. In the last three years, enrollment has grown more than 100 percent and Global Entry kiosks are now available at 61 U.S. international airports and 13 pre-clearance airports in Aruba, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, and United Arab Emirates.
Read more at CBP.