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Global Entry Maintains Rapid Growth Rate

November 5, 2012

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The Global Entry program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport recorded dramatic increases in enrollment and usage during fiscal year 2012.
The Global Entry program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) recorded dramatic increases in several key activity areas during fiscal year 2012.

From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, an increase of more than 70 percent was recorded in both the number of passengers approved to participate in the program and the number of people using the self serve kiosks, which are located in the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at IAH.

“Houstonians recognize this program as a valuable tool in navigating their way through the international travel process,” says Tim Joniec, director of government relations and international development with the Houston Airport System. “We’ve been a leader in enrollment in the past and these numbers indicate that the buzz surrounding Global Entry is still growing.”

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

Upon arriving at IAH after an international flight, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit. The end result is a dramatically shorter wait time for the arriving passenger and a shorter line for those passengers using the general Passport Control queues.

During fiscal year 2011, 11,532 people were approved at IAH to participate in the Global Entry program. During fiscal year 2012, that number jumped to 19,983. During the same time periods, the number of kiosk users increased from 94,318 to 161,426. Kiosk users as a percentage of total internationally arriving passengers also increased, from 2.4 percent to 4.1 percent.

“It’s an incredibly easy program to use,” Joniec says. “The application can be completed online and the required interview is conducted at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. So, everything is designed to maximize convenience.”

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