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Kansas City airport begins a trusted traveler service

Kansas City International Airport opened its Global Entry Enrollment Center on Friday, meaning approved low-risk international passengers won’t have to wait in long customs inspection lines.
Kansas City International Airport opened its Global Entry Enrollment Center on Friday, meaning approved low-risk international passengers won’t have to wait in long customs inspection lines. along@kcstar.com

Kansas City International Airport on Friday opened a trusted traveler service, which allows for expedited clearance of approved low-risk international travelers arriving in the United States.

The Global Entry Enrollment Center is the second in Missouri operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the other located at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Under the program, Global Entry members bypass traditional customs inspection lines and proceed to Global Entry kiosks. They present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration.

The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

The process takes about one minute, the customs service said.

Travelers must be approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

The Kansas City enrollment center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 11 a.m. It is located in Terminal C, Gate 90.

The service, which has more than 2.9 million enrolled members, is currently available at 47 U.S. airports and 13 other locations.

Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited security program.

Steve Rosen: 816-234-4879

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