US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continued its federally mandated implementation of facial recognition biometric exit technology at US airports this week with new deployments at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Houston’s William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU).
John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City has debuted a high-tech method for tracking wait times at TSA Security and Customs and Border Protection checkpoints. The BlipTrack solution anonymously tracks mobile phones of passengers, and the airport posts the wait times on 13 screens throughout Terminal 4.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport now offers passengers the ability to use the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application. Three other U.S. airports: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Miami and Seattle-Tacoma, feature the app, which allows passengers to enter information requested by Customs and Border Protection via a smartphone or tablet before landing. Passengers are then able to use an express lane for customs once they land.
The U.S. is looking to expand the number of inbound international travelers that clear customs and immigration before boarding their planes. Officials would like to pre-clear a third of all passengers; currently 18% are pre-cleared at facilities in 15 airports in Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The pilot program to use your phone to fill out your Customs form will launch Wednesday, August 13 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is launching a “Mobile Passport Control” app that will let the customers fill out their customs form on their smartphone or tablet. The goal for the app is to help shorten lines and make it easier for passengers to fill out the information.
United Airlines has installed 20 automated passport kiosks in the customs area of Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C to reduce customs wait times for travelers. International arrivals with U.S. or Canadian passports can use the kiosks to complete immigration customs declarations.
Automated passport control (APC) kiosks paid for by U.S. airlines are reducing wait times for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at airports across the U.S. United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said, “These kiosks have reduced wait times for customers arriving at Chicago O’Hare and in Houston.” United has already paid for kiosks at its hubs and is awaiting for San Francisco and Newark to receive theirs. Delta is also paying to install kiosks by this summer in its hub airports; JFK, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, LAX, and Minneapolis.
Now all Etihad Airways guests flying to select destinations in the U.S.A will have access to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s United States Preclearance facility located at Terminal 3.
The new facility enables guests flying Etihad Airways to preclear the U.S. Customs and Border Protection formalities before boarding their flights in Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival in the U.S.A, guests will be treated as though they are domestic arrivals. Shorter connection times are possible for onward flights in the U.S., with your luggage arriving to the final destination.
As the first facility of its kind in the region, guests flying to select destinations in the U.S can now look forward to more of our award-winning hospitality, and worry less about long lines. Experience an easier, quicker and more comfortable journey with the World’s Leading Airline* to Washington DC, Chicago and New York. Future US destinations will also benefit from the facility.