The bustle of international travel and hustle to get through passenger screenings and customs is supposed to be simpler for passengers who are enrolled in the federal government’s Global Entry program.
The problem for Myrtle Beach residents, is that’s it’s a hassle just to enroll in the program that requires an in-person interview process in Charlotte, North Carolina.
So, the Myrtle Beach International Airport has arranged for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to travel here and conduct a one-day sign up for Grand Strand jet setters next month.
“We’ve had many people ask about it, so we reached out to Customs and Border Protection to see if it’s something they could bring here on a temporary basis,” said Kirk Lovell, director of air service and business development at the airport.
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“Hopefully, those folks who expressed an interest will come out and we can also educate others why it would benefit them as well,” Lovell said.
More than 100 passengers on average traveled daily to an international destination from the Myrtle Beach airport from April 2016 through March 2017, Lovell said.
The Global Entry program is a trusted traveler program operated by the federal government for those who fly internationally several times a year.
It allows those pre-approved passengers to quickly and conveniently re-enter the country through automated kiosks located at 53 airports.
“This is a good program for road warriors, people who travel four or five times a year,” Lovell said.
Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.
The interviews for Global Entry will be held Nov. 13 in the airport’s business center in the terminal area.
Participants must apply for the express screening program and receive conditional approval before the interview process, which can take as long as six weeks. Interviews can be scheduled online beginning Oct. 16.
To submit an application, click “Apply Today” on the Global Entry website, which links to the Trusted Traveler Programs site. The program fee is $100.