U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Whatever Happened To Those Self-Service Passport Kiosks At Airports?

More than 80 percent of all travelers entering the U.S. are now verified by facial recognition. The loss of older, seemingly more convenient methods has many perplexed. And then there are the privacy issues. Where did that self-service passport kiosk go? Why can’t I find the mobile-passport line that used to let me speed through…

Using Your Face At The Airport To Drop A Bag And Save Two Minutes Is Just An Appetizer

Delta Air Lines said its new dedicated biometric baggage drop at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport could shave two minutes from the curb-to-plane trek. The technology behind the facial recognition system promises a much bigger wow factor for businesses and travelers in the near future. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated global adoption of touchless interactions at…

Governments Pressed To Help Standardize Digital Health Documentation For Travel As Private Efforts Proliferate

The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Commerce Department is attempting to collaborate with other U.S. federal agencies to spur development of standards and digital interoperability for traveler documentation of Covid-19 vaccinations and test results. On Wednesday, TTAB chair and CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert outlined the effort’s goals and challenges during…

How Business Travelers Got Caught Up In Immigration Politics, What Could Be Next And Why GBTA Took A Position Some Didn’t Expect

[UPDATE, July 24, 2020: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would lift the ban on New Yorkers enrolling in or renewing membership for federal trusted traveler programs. In a Thursday statement, DHS explained that New York amended laws to allow federal access to the state’s DMV records as part of a resident’s trusted…

Messy Handling Of Global Entry Eligibility Mirrors Wider Chaos Following Executive Order

Confusion following President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order suspending entry into the United States by people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen also colored the government’s handling of business traveler-friendly expedited screening programs. A media official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection late Wednesday responded to questions sent Monday about revocations…

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