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Testing and Evaluating Potential Solutions 43 Alternative Procedure 6: Leveraging Other DHS Programs Using existing DHS programs, such as Global Entry, that allow trusted travelers to not have to claim their checked baggage is one way to reduce baggage recheck (see Figure 21). Global Entry is a voluntary trusted traveler program that enables a kiosk-facilitated international arrivals pro- cess into the United States for travelers who have successfully passed a detailed risk/background analysis. Upon completion, the accepted members are deemed by CBP to be of "low risk." The benefit to the traveler is a consistently faster CBP inspection process on arrival to the United States. CBP has the benefit of conducting a much more thorough risk assessment of Global Entry members before they arrive at the port of entry and thus can focus its resources on those travelers for which they have less information upon arrival. At the time this study was conducted, Global Entry had no interaction with airlines overseas, nor does it deal with Global Entry members' checked bags. In concept, reducing the need for baggage recheck for all Global Entry members is sound, as these individuals have already been recognized as "low risk" and thus worthy of a facilitated process. Further, it would support the CBP initiative to increase Global Entry participation by improving the benefits of membership. As of mid-2011, there are 100,000 members, and this volume is set to grow with increased international collaboration. Although the program was initially designed with frequent fliers in mind, it is open to anyone who holds U.S. citizenship (or lawful permanent residents), Dutch citizens, Mexican nationals, and Canadian Nexus (a joint U.S./Canada trusted traveler program) members. For the bags of Global Entry members with an interlined/same carrier connection to be pro- cessed without baggage recheck, a number of procedural changes are necessary: · Confirmation of Global Entry Status: Airline check-in agents overseas need a way to confirm participation in Global Entry in order for this to be a sustainable solution. In August 2011, CBP announced the introduction of a Global Entry membership card with RFID technology (i.e., the same technology as the Nexus card). This card is an important step but not a com- plete solution to enable point-of-origin confirmation of active status in Global Entry. The critical issue is validating that the person presenting the card is in good standing with their Global Entry membership, for example, ensuring that the passenger is not presenting a fraud- ulent Global Entry card, that the current passport is updated to the Global Entry account, and that the passenger has not recently been removed from the program without confiscation of the card. A complete solution, one without a "hole," would require confirmation that the holder of the Global Entry card is the same person identified on the card and that the person is an active participant in the Global Entry program (e.g., TSA Secure Flight verification at point of origin). · Tagging to final destination: Assuming that airline agents are able to differentiate Global Entry members from non-members, the next step is to ensure that bags can be adequately Figure 21. Passenger and baggage flow for leveraging other DHS programs.