Do you have a connecting flight in the US that requires you to get through the US Customs line fast? If you’re flying through one of the below airports, here’s an app that will help. The Mobile Passport app, which is approved by US Customs and Border Protection, allows travelers to provide their passport and customs information via the app, submit it when they land and then proceed through an express lane. Agents simply have to scan the barcode generated by the app on your phone or tablet and you can be on your way.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the latest airport to support this app, which has previously been supported by:
- Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
More international airports are expected to enable this service in the future. It is available to US travelers and to Canadian travelers with B1 or B2 visas. More information on these apps and how they function can be found at the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
According to CBP, the Mobile Passport Control program is just one part of their new “resource optimization strategy” aimed at getting responsible travelers through their checkpoints more efficiently via automated systems so they can place more focus on those travelers who require it. In 2014, rolled out Automated Passport Control kiosks, which are now available in 34 locations worldwide. Get more information on that here. CBP has also enrolled more than two million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.