AA to Offer Pilots, Flight Attendants Global Entry Membership

By Paul Riegler on 13 January 2015
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American Airlines aircraft at LAX

American Airlines aircraft at LAX

American Airlines announced that it will pay for membership in the Global Entry trusted traveler program for its pilots and flight attendants.

The Global Entry Program gives pre-approved, low-risk participants expedited entry into the United States using automated kiosks located at most major U.S. airports, bypassing long passport control queues.  It also provides travelers with a known traveler number that will allow members to receive access to TSA PreCheck lanes on a regular basis.

American, which has almost 40,000 pilots and flight attendants, is the first airline to offer this benefit.

Upon reaching the airport’s immigration hall, members proceed to a Global Entry kiosk, insert their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and complete an electronic customs declaration form. The kiosk then issues the traveler a receipt that is handed in when exiting the customs area.  Most airports have expedited exit lines for Global Entry members as well.

Global Entry is available to citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in Privium as well as to Korean Smart Entry Service members. Citizens of Germany, Panama, and Mexico may also apply for Global Entry. Canadian NEXUS members have Global Entry benefits, but are not eligible to join.

Global Entry members travelling to Australia may use the Smartgate system when entering that country.  Registration is not required. U.S. Citizens are eligible for the Dutch Privium program, the Korean SES program, and the Mexican Viajero Confiable program but a separate application is required.

Global Entry first became available in 2008.  It is now present in 42 U.S. airports as well as at 11 pre-clearance locations.

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