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Global Entry flyers will speed through some airports even faster now

Aug. 02, 2022
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Global Entry flyers will speed through some airports even faster now
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If you’ve visited a Global Entry kiosk in the last year or so, you may have noticed the technology is getting savvier. Kiosks can now verify your identity with a facial scan — no passport or fingerprint check necessary. Now, some U.S. airports are going a step further.

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Texas’ two largest international airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston would be the latest to also do away with paper receipts, on top of the biometric scan.

Under the new – or at least updated – process, a facial scan will confirm your identity when you arrive at a kiosk in the customs hall. Then, unlike earlier iterations of the process, the kiosk will not print a receipt for you to bring to the customs officials. Instead, you just have to show your passport.

It's a streamlined process CBP has now rolled out to 10 U.S. airports, with others expected by the end of the month.

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CBP sees this as a step toward efficiency and a step away from physical contact points and environmental impact.

This may sound quite similar to what you've been through if you've used a Global Entry kiosk of late.

As mentioned, over the last year-plus, CBP has been equipping its kiosks at international airports with facial recognition technology, in hopes of expediting the process of verifying travelers' identities upon arrival in the U.S. The process is sort of like what Clear members go through when arriving at a kiosk before going through an airport security checkpoint.

CBP confirmed to TPG Monday, this technology is now in place at every international airport with Global Entry.

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Related: What happens if you accidentally let your Global Entry expire?

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I had my first go-round with the technology while arriving at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in May. Since I hadn't heard of this screening capability, I was surprised to walk up to the scanner, have my picture taken and – without having to scan my passport – have my identity confirmed. The process finished when a receipt — that had an older photo of me taken when I first enrolled in the program in 2018 — printed from the machine.

The whole process took maybe 15 to 20 seconds.

Now, at DFW and IAH and 8 other airports, travelers won’t even get the receipt.

CBP sees this as the “next stage” in enhancing facial biometric kiosks, and part of a larger process to upgrade the Global Entry program, which the agency told TPG this spring, represents about 80% of the 10 million-plus members in its Trusted Traveler Programs.

This month the agency plans to go paperless at its Global Entry facilities in Atlanta and Chicago, as well as its Aruba preclearance facilities.

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Bottom line

The CBP seems to be continually looking for ways to streamline the screening process, even for Global Entry members that already have an expedited experience through the passport control process. This is certainly good news for travelers, as international trips this summer have surged to levels not seen in a few years.

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  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
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  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more