Article Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that two automated Global Entry kiosks are now available for use in the International Arrivals facility in Terminal B. Global Entry members arriving from international destinations use this technology-driven trusted traveler program that enhances security and expedites passengers through the CBP inspection process, reducing wait times for all arriving passengers. Program participants proceed to 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. Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries, including Mexican nationals. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s program providing expedited security screening when flying with approved airlines, including Aeroméxico. View more information on the Global Entry program. View a list of Global Entry Enrollment Centers.“Our International Arrivals facility serves over 500 international arriving passengers a day on Aeroméxico from Mexico City and Guadalajara and Volaris from Guadalajara,” said Mark Haneke, Air Service Development Manager for Sacramento International Airport. “As SMF’s international passenger activity continues to grow, Global Entry is one solution to expediting travelers through the arrivals process and enhancing their experience as they end their journey in Sacramento.” Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and participation is voluntary. Applicants pay a $100 non-refundable application fee and undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. Upon approval, membership is valid for five years.About U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionU.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. Visit www.cbp.gov for more information.The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport is a self-supporting enterprise offering more than 145 nonstop flights on nine domestic and international carriers to 30 destinations. The regional economic impact of the airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit www.smf.aero.