Dallas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) officially announced the use of Automated Passport Control kiosks at the Federal Inspection Station.
These self-service kiosks allow the international traveler to participate in the arrivals process by inputting his or her own passport completing the CBP declaration information.
“CBP is proud to partner with DFW to transform the international arrivals process here,” said Judson W. Murdock II, CBP Houston Director of Field Operations. “As one of the world’s largest and busiest airports, DFW recognizes the importance of having the highest standards of excellence in both security and traveler facilitation and bringing APC technology to this airport is indicative of that commitment.”
DFW airport is ranked 10th in international passenger volume among U.S. airports recording 3.2 million travelers in fiscal year 2013. This is a 39 percent increase since 2009 which is larger than the national average 4 percent increase during that same time period.
This official announcement brings the number of participating airports to10 and includes airports in: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Miami, Montreal, and Vancouver.
The Automated Passport Control program requires no registration process or fee and is available to U.S. and Canadian citizens. The program has expanded the APC technology to Visa Waiver Visitors and we are piloting that expansion in Orlando while developers work on technology to expand the APC program to Lawful Permanent Residents.
In the meantime, APCs have benefited all visitors to the United States where APC technology is available. When eligible travelers use APCs, CBP is better able to allocate resources to streamline the inspection process for all travelers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.