LAX Global Entry Office – Closed in June so Staff Could Be Sent to Mexico Border – to Remain Shuttered Indefinitely

Global Entry helps travelers get through Customs faster. Network kiosks are seen at Dulles International Airport (IAD), December 21, 2011 in Sterling, Virgina, near Washington, DC. (Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Global Entry helps travelers get through Customs faster. Network kiosks are seen at Dulles International Airport (IAD), December 21, 2011 in Sterling, Virgina, near Washington, DC. (Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

If you are trying to complete your Global Entry application but have been stymied by the scarcity of available appointments, keep on trying.

Customs and Border Protection, which said in an email Tuesday that the Los Angeles office where those applications can be completed would reopen Oct. 1, said Wednesday that the office would remain closed indefinitely.

Global Entry, which costs $100 for five years, allows travelers whose applications are approved to have expedited re-entry to the United States upon return from a foreign country. The program also offers TSA PreCheck, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited security screening. Approved travelers who have PreCheck usually do not have to take off their belts, shoes or light jackets or remove their liquids (which must be 3.4 ounces or less) from their carry-on luggage.

The LAX Global Entry Enrollment Center at 11099 S. La Cienega Blvd. closed in late June so staff could be sent to the Mexican border. Some applicants showed up unaware that the office had closed; because of what CBP called a “scheduling system glitch, ” some people were not notified.

Read the full story on LATimes.com

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article cited a Customs and Border Protection  official in saying Tuesday that the LAX Global Entry office would reopen Oct. 1, but then on Wednesday the agency told the Times the office is closed indefinitely. The story has been updated.

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