International airline travelers can now skip lines in Denver

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International airline passengers arriving in Denver now have the option of avoiding long lines in customs.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security says the Global Entry program began operating at Denver International Airport on Monday.

The program allows international travelers to have their passports and fingerprints scanned at a kiosk. It promises to shorten wait times by 70 percent.

To qualify, members go through rigorous background checks along with biometric tests and an interview with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.

Kiosks also opened at airports in Minneapolis and Charlotte this month. Phoenix will have a kiosk open at the end of the month. The program operates in 20 other airports throughout the country.

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