International business travelers seeking simplified entry into the U.S. via the “Global Entry” program will have the opportunity to meet in person with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at this year’s NBAA Convention, which will be held October 22 to 24 in Las Vegas. Global Entry allows expedited clearance processing into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelers using automated kiosks available at 34 U.S. airports, eight pre-clearance airports in Canada and two pre-clearance sites in Ireland.
WSI, of Andover, Mass., announced that its WSI Pilotbrief Pro system will be installed at all 41 Signature Flight Support FBOs across the U.S. Using the WSI kiosks, pilots may now store and retrieve personal weather briefing display preferences along with actual routes of flight using the new WSI Prolink account. WSI Pilotbrief Pro is installed in more than 500 locations.
Most airlines are investing in information technology to streamline their businesses as part of the relentless struggle for profitability. But a surprising number appear willing to ignore initiatives such as e-ticketing and self-service kiosks, and those that do risk being left behind.
Emirates has expanded the use of self check-in facilities at Dubai International Airport. It now offers 11 self-service kiosks to passengers holding electronic or magnetic-strip tickets. Passengers with no bags to check can proceed straight through immigration to the gates, while those with checked bags can deposit them at the new quick baggage drop booths.