Al Arabiya reports that the US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to extend the Trusted Traveler program to qualified citizens of each country. This is, in essence, a pre-screening for travelers. By providing personal information prior to travel, permitting the security personnel in both countries to satisfy themselves that the traveler presents no risk, that traveler is able to bypass much of the routine processing that happens upon arrival at the other country’s airport.
The Al Arabiya piece includes the text of the joint statement.
Saudi Arabia and the United States have signed a “Trusted Traveler” agreement to facilitate and accelerate the trusted passenger screening on the principle of reciprocity in both Saudi and U.S. airports.
The Saudi state agency reported that Minister of Interior Prince Mohammed bin Naif and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano “signed an agreement on arrangements relating to the implementation of a program of the ‘Trusted Traveler’ between the two countries.”
According to the agreement U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler program, Global Entry, will be implemented. Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers, allowing customs authorities to focus on those travelers they know less about, in order to more effectively identify potential threats and keep our borders and country secure.