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Fliers are going to lengths to prove their innocence for teenage pranks gone wrong in a trend that highlights both the popularity of the trusted traveler program and the sharp memory of the US government.

The government’s trusted traveler program has proved itself more popular than officials expected, with 1.2 million people now eligible to speed up their entry to this country using a self-service kiosk rather than waiting to speak to a customs agent at the airport.

But some people have been surprised to find that their applications for Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs have been rejected — not for some serious infraction but for a minor brush with law enforcement or customs inspectors that turned up during the required background check.

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