U.S. Homeland Security and Loews Hotels promote expedited travel clearance

October 2, 2012 - 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has entered into a partnership with Loews Hotels & Resorts to promote the Department’s expedited traveler programs, which includes CBP’s Global Entry, administrated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and Pre✓, administrated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Both programs use biometrics to expedite the identification of travellers.

Through this new partnership, Loews Hotels is offering its YouFirst Platinum loyalty rewards members complimentary enrollment in the Global Entry program. CBP will review the applicant’s information, conduct an in-person interview at a CBP enrollment center, including providing fingerprints, and successfully complete a background check. CBP has also worked with American Express and United Airlines who currently provide reimbursements for their top-tier customers, and continues to partner with other private sector entities to expand the network of Global Entry members.

“At DHS, we take seriously our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of passengers coming to and traveling throughout the U.S., while at the same time, helping facilitate lawful travel, trade and tourism,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Collaboration with our private sector partners is integral to our mission and I’m pleased to announce our newest collaboration, which brings together a hospitality leader with two DHS programs that provide the traveling public more efficient, expedited travel opportunities – CBP’s Global Entry and TSA Pre✓.”

Currently available at 30 U.S. airports, Global Entry streamlines the screening process for trusted travelers through biometric identification and reduces average wait times by 70 percent, with more than 75 percent of travelers using Global Entry processed in under five minutes. More than a million trusted travelers now receive Global Entry benefits, and these travelers have used its automated kiosks to expedite their entry more than three million times since the program’s inception.

The TSA Pre✓ pre-screening initiative allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Eligible passengers enter a separate security lane where they will undergo expedited screening, and may pass through screening technology without removing shoes, light outerwear, belts, or laptops or 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels from their carry-on. To be eligible, participants must be U.S. citizens traveling through one of the 25 participating U.S. airports and members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs or select frequent flyers of participating airlines. More than 2.8 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre✓ security lanes since the initiative began in October 2011.

“Partnerships are integral to the way we do business as a brand,” said Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, Jonathan Tisch. “Our collaboration highlights the importance of the public and private sectors working together to improve hospitality for all our guests, whether that be at our hotels or traveling through an airport.”

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