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CBP expands Global Entry to Charlotte-Douglas Airport

Charlotte-Douglas opening

U.S. Customs and Border Protection held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its Global Entry trusted traveler program at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on March 16.

The airport is the 20th in the country to have the program, according to the agency.

Joining CBP officials at the ceremony were partners and stakeholders from local, federal, congressional, transportation and travel communities who took part in the ceremony to commemorate the expansion of the program aimed at frequent international travelers.

According to CBP, Global Entry is a voluntary expedited clearance initiative for pre-approved low risk international travelers coming into the U.S. Members of the program are processed in seconds using biometric identification at dedicated kiosks and do not have to wait in line with other passengers for entry processing by a CBP officer. More than 245,000 members have enrolled in the program so fair.

The program can also be applied to participation in TSA’s domestic Pre Check expedited security program.

The Global Entry program can cut wait times in international arrival areas by as much as 70 percent, as travelers get an “express pass” through the area, said Charlotte CBP Area Port Director Patricia Fitzpatrick. Global Entry began as a pilot program in 2008, and became a permanent voluntary program this year. It now operates at 20 top U.S. airports, with Minneapolis, Charlotte, Denver and Phoenix added recently.

U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents can apply for the program. Persons under 18 who meet the general eligibility criteria and have the consent of a parent or legal guardian will be eligible to participate in Global Entry as well. Applications must be completed and submitted on line through the Global On-line Enrollment System (GOES) at CBP.gov. A non-refundable $100 per person application fee is payable on-line at the time of the application and is good for five years. Application information is reviewed by CBP and an initial background check is conducted to insure eligibility, but participants are still subject to additional inspections at any time in the CBP proces