Homeland expands Global Entry

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding the Global Entry program that allows U.S. citizens traveling abroad to re-enter the country more easily and with less hassle when returning from a trip.

Global Entry will be expanded to include an additional nine airports in Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Kansas City, Vermont and Alaska. The program, which started in 2012, is already available in more than three dozen airports around the country.

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Similar to the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, Global Entry is a voluntary prescreening program intended to speed up the customs process for frequent travelers who submit to a background check before traveling abroad.

It is administered by Homeland’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection branch and costs $100 to apply.

Global Entry will be available at these new airports within 180 days, the agency said.