Beginning later this month, The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be expanding the pilot for the Global Entry Trusted Traveler (GETT) program into an additional 13 airports on top of the seven already involved, according to an Information Week article. The GETT program is designed to utilize biometrics and automated kiosks to allow international travelers quicker movement through security checkpoints at airports.
DHS has developed the system to ease costs for themselves while also making traveling easier and safer for those on international trips. To use the system, which is reporting a 70% reduction in wait times compared to standard security lines, a user must scan his passport and finger and look into a camera to answer customs declaration questions. All those enrolled have had background checks and interviews from Customs and Border Protection agents prior to being enrolled.
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