What Is the TSA Global Entry Program?

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Global Entry is a program of the Transportation Security Administration that allows air travel passengers who successfully pass a screening to enter the United States via an ultra-efficient border crossing process. The program allows them to gain access to their checked luggage and exit the airport more swiftly than standard air travel passengers after an international flight, shares U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

To gain access to the benefits of the Global Entry program, passengers must fill out an application of the Global Online Enrollment System. Each GOES applicant, whether an adult or a child, fills out a separate application; couples and families may not apply jointly. If an applicant wins approval for her initial application for the Global Entry Program, she may then schedule an in-person interview with a representative of the TSA for further screening, according to the Global Online Enrollment System.

If an applicant gains full approval for the Global Entry Program following her interview and an extensive background check, her exit process from participating U.S. airports changes. First, she offers her passport or permanent residency card to a kiosk for scanning. Subsequently, she places her hand on the kiosk's fingerprint scanner and fills out a customs declaration. If the kiosk approves all of these submissions, it then directs her to baggage claim and an exit point of the airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.