October 3, 2013

At NBAA’s request, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has added a third day to its schedule for interviewing Global Entry program applicants at the Association’s 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV.

“The Global Entry program is a great advantage to travelers,“ said NBAA Operations Group Specialist Peter Korns. “It’s an international trusted-traveler program that allows expedited clearance and re-entry to the United States.“

Upon arrival into the country, a participating traveler walks up to a Global Entry kiosk, presents a machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, has his or her fingertips read and completes a Customs declaration. The cost of the program is $100 for four years, and those participating are automatically enrolled in the domestic Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre-Check program, which provides expedited screening benefits at certain TSA locations.

“It saves a lot of time and hassle, whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically,“ Korns said.

NBAA invited CBP to conduct applicant interviews at NBAA2013, and initially, two days of interviews were arranged. But Korns said demand has been so overwhelming that a third day was added to accommodate the high interest.

But Korns cautioned attendees to plan ahead. The interview is the last step in a process that can take up to two weeks.

“Applicants must initially complete an online application, which includes information necessary for a background check. CBP will then review the application and heavily screen candidates to ensure low security risk. Then, upon receipt of a conditional approval from CBP, applicants will be invited to return to the system to schedule a personal interview,“ Korns said.