For those travelers who frequently fly internationally, we highly recommend you check out the Global Entry Program. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.
At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.
A couple of us at Stellar use Global Entry and it is worth every penny of the $100 fee for 5 years. There is rarely a line for the kiosks and if you are traveling with just a carryon, you can be through immigration AND customs in less than 5 minutes.
To learn more about the Global Entry Program click on the Global Entry icon below or contact your Stellar Travel Advisor for details.
*some text courtesy of the Global Entry website.