TSA and CBP open joint trusted-traveler info center at Washington, DC, area airport
The two U.S. agencies with pre-approved traveler programs have opened a joint information center at Dulles International Airport to encourage participation in the programs.
The Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled on Sept. 17 a temporary joint information center for their respective PreCheck and Global Entry programs on the ticketing level of the Washington D.C. area airport.
The temporary Global Entry, TSA PreCheck "Pop-Up" Information Center location will allow travelers to learn about how to participate in TSA PreCheck and begin the application process for CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program, said the two agencies. The information center is scheduled to be in place for 90 days.
“TSA remains committed to working with our partners across the aviation community to provide travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way,” said Douglas Hofsass, TSA associate administrator for Risk Based Security Initiatives. “We are excited to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and CBP to help facilitate the application process for passengers to enroll in Global Entry, which also enables their participation in TSA PreCheck.”
“Global Entry allows CBP to leverage automated screening processes to focus on those individuals we know less about,” said Kevin McAleenan, CBP acting assistant commissioner for Field Operations. “Partnering with TSA’s PreCheck initiative allows us to further expand the population of those we consider low-risk.”
Global Entry is CBP’s trusted traveler program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S., allowing members are able to bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use automated kiosks. Travelers scan their passports and fingerprints, answer the customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit with the whole process taking about a minute. U.S. citizens enrolled in Global Entry automatically qualify for participation in TSA PreCheck for domestic travel.
TSA’s PreCheck is part of that agency’s risk-based security efforts that allows travelers to voluntarily provide information for security clearance before they travel. TSA PreCheck lets passengers forego removing their shoes, leave their coats, jackets and belts on, keep laptops in their cases and rules-compliant liquids in their carry-on bags.
To date, said TSA, more than 2.7 million passengers have used PreCheck, which is now available in 24 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent flyers. TSA said it anticipates having PreCheck available at 35 airports by the end of the year.