Chicago O’Hare is First in US to Implement Automated Passport Control

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first airport in the United States to implement Automated Passport Control (APC), a program developed by Vancouver Airport Authority and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The programme, which helps travellers move quickly through the border clearance process by entering information at self-service kiosks, was launched yesterday (May 7).
Instead of filling out a declaration card, passengers who are eligible and choose to use APC can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the CBP area.  After answering a series of questions, a receipt will be issued.  A CBP officer will then verify the traveller’s passport, travel information and receipt.  The programme does not require pre-registration and maintains the “highest levels of protection” in handling data.
It is hoped that the systems will result in shorter waiting times, less congestion and faster processing.
Chicago Department of Aviation plans to install 21 kiosks at the airport by July 1, 2013.
 
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