Two permanent Global Entry kiosks will be installed at Pittsburgh International Airport this spring by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, airport officials have announced. The Global Entry kiosks will allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, low risk international travelers entering the United States.
The two new kiosks will be installed before Delta Air Lines’ Paris flight resumes on April 27. The kiosks will also be used for arriving passengers from the Caribbean including existing flights from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico. Pittsburgh International Airport recently hosted a Global Entry enrollment event, where enrollment interviews were conducted for nearly 1,000 applicants.
“With the installation of the Global Entry Kiosks at Pittsburgh International, we have taken another step forward in our efforts to think and act globally so we can enhance access to thousands of international travelers a year,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Pittsburgh continues to be an international destination for business and leisure travelers, and the installation of these kiosks supports that trend. A great deal of thanks goes to the excellent team work by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Airport Authority, travel agents and the local business community in securing this amenity at Pittsburgh International.”
“As a pre-screened Global Entry member, you arrive in the United States, check-in at the Global Entry kiosk - and you are on your way – no processing lines, no paperwork.,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority President Bradley D. Penrod.
Upon arriving at PIT, approved travelers will be able to proceed directly to the 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 Global Entry program also allows passengers to use the expedited TSA-Precheck lanes at Pittsburgh International Airport.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Global Entry is available to U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, citizens of the Netherlands (who are members of Privium), citizens of the Republic of Korea (who are members of the Smart Entry Service), and Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in the NEXUS program may also use the Global Entry kiosks.
The Pittsburgh Business Travel Association, ReedSmith and other community members worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer Global Entry interviews in Pittsburgh for the first time this past fall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers processed about 1,000 applications at the event that was held November 4-8. The event, originally planned for three days, was extended to five days due to demand. The response to the interviews was so successful, that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is evaluating the feasibility of establishing a permanent Global Entry enrollment center at PIT.