The Department of Homeland Security announced Aug. 6 that there are now more than 500,000 travelers enrolled in Transportation Security Administration's Pre✓™ program. A press released by the government agency said that there are also more than 3 million individuals enrolled in trusted traveler programs including Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.
"These programs enable us to facilitate and expedite travel to, from and within the United States, while maintaining the highest standards of security," Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "We will continue to work to improve the passenger experience for millions of travelers who go through our airports every day, in a manner that is efficient, effective and secure."
The traveler programs offered by the Department of Homeland Security work to make traveling a better experience for passengers while making systems more efficient and improving national security.
Pre✓™ is a program that allows travelers who are considered to be low-risk to go through expedited screening at certain airports across the U.S. These faster, more efficient lines don't require travelers to take off their shoes, belt and outerwear or remove items such as laptop computers from their carry-on luggage.
Members of Global Entry are able to skip traditional Customs and Border Patrol inspection lines and opt for an automated kiosk. This trusted traveler program allows passengers to scan passports and fingerprints and answer customs declarations questions on the kiosk.
NEXUS was created between the U.S. and Canada. There are processing lanes at certain northern border port of entry, at Canadian airports and at marine reporting locations. Members of this program can also use Global Entry kiosks when they enter the U.S.
SENTRI is available at southwest border crossings into Mexico. It allows for travelers to go through expedited screenings with Customs and Border Patrol.