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International Frequent Flier Program Expanded

By Ed O'Keefe

More international passengers will soon be able to bypass the long lines at international airports when they return from abroad. (Getty)

Customs and Border Protection announced plans on Wednesday to expand its program for frequent international fliers to 13 more airports.

The agency's Global Entry program allows U.S. citizens, nationals and qualified lawful permanent residents to bypass the normal passport processing lines in favor of a kiosk that quickly processes a reentry.

Interested passengers complete an interview and have their fingerprints scanned. Anytime they return through a participating international airport, passengers swipe their passport or other paperwork through the kiosk, place their finger on a scanner, answer a few questions on a touch screen and then present a receipt to CBP officers when they leave the inspection area.

Starting Aug. 24, participants can use Global Entry at airports in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Francisco and Seattle. The program already operates at Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Houston's Bush Intercontinental, Los Angeles, New York's JFK, Miami and Washington Dulles.

Roughly 16,000 people have joined Global Entry and have used the kiosks more than 51,000 times since the program began in June 2008, according to CBP.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 12, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
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