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Biometric ID for international travelers at MSP coming next week

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Mar 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - International travelers should have an easier time moving through the Twins Cities airport.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is installing a special kiosk that uses biometric identification for pre-approved travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Rather than wait in line for entry processing by a CBP officer, those who participate in the "global entry" program can use the kiosk to scan their passport and verify their fingerprints. The agency predicts wait times will be reduced by 70 percent.

Travelers who apply for the program undergo a background check and interview before they are enrolled. CBP plans to introduce the program at the Twin Cities airport Monday. It's already in use at major U.S. airports.

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