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New LAX program to cut customs lines

October 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles International Airport has a new program to get U.S. travelers through customs quickly and efficiently. LAX and three other international airports are now participating in the Global Entry program. Global Entry gives frequent travelers the ability to speed up their arrival into the U.S. by using a kiosk to assist in their clearance.

Program members first swipe their passports or resident card at the kiosk. They will then be instructed to scan their fingerprints and answer some declaration questions to compare with data on file. A transaction receipt will be issued upon completion that must be presented to Customs and Border Protection officers prior to leaving the inspection area.

The program is currently only open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Those wanting to participate in the program must apply online or at an enrollment center at the airport.

More information about the Global Entry Program, and apply online

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