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Global Entry, used by millions of busy passengers traveling to the U.S., is “vulnerable” to criminals taking advantage of weaknesses in the system, according to a new report by a government watchdog.
The immigration and border check system, designed to allow vetted low-risk travelers expedited entry to the U.S., has more than six million people signed up to date. U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals from a list of cleared countries can apply, allowing passengers to skip the lines and check in with their passport and immigration documents at a kiosk instead.
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Once the kiosk verifies the passenger, a border officer must verify the authenticity of the receipt, where the passenger is granted entry to the country or told they are subject to additional screening.
The system is relatively simple. “If low-risk status cannot be determined, the application must be denied.” High-risk passengers could include anyone with a conviction or linked to an investigation.
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But a report by Homeland Security’s inspector general said a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer were not properly checking receipts to ensure they hadn’t been altered or falsified — potentially allowing non-cleared passengers into the U.S. without the proper inspection checks.
The redacted report, out Friday, said human error was largely to blame for the flaws in the system.
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“During the airport arrival process CBP officers granted some Global Entry members expedited entry without verifying the authenticity of their kiosk receipts,” said the report.
“Unless CBP officers authenticate kiosk...
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