Customs and Border Protection has announced the addition of Global Entry kiosks to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Global Entry, a CBP trusted traveler program, provides expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers and currently accounts for an average of 9 percent of all international air arrivals.
“CBP is pleased to expand the Global Entry program to New Orleans, where international travel has more than doubled in the last two years,” said Vernon Foret, area port director. “Global Entry allows our officers to focus their efforts on unknown and potentially higher risk air travelers, while at the same time efficiently and securely facilitating low-risk travelers.”
Global Entry members bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. Travelers scan their passport and fingerprints, answer customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit—the whole process takes only about one minute.
“We are pleased that CBP will now offer Global Entry to our passengers,” stated Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Armstrong International Airport. “We have seen great growth in our international flights and the addition of Global Entry will provide an increased level of customer service to our international passengers.”
With the addition of New Orleans, Global Entry kiosks are now located in 49 U.S airports and 13 Preclearance airports. These locations serve 99 percent of incoming travelers to the United States. Global Entry members also receive the added benefit of being pre-eligible to participate in TSAPre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program.