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US Customs Kiosks at Orlando International Airport

Updated: 21 May 2013: 05:02:18 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing at the Orlando Airport are about to speed up for international traffic.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority recently approved in October to spend $400,000 to implement this pilot program and recently approved an additional $100,000.

The kiosks will be similar to those currently used in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal and the additional $100,000 will pay for development of the U.S. Customs certified process for the self-service kiosks for non-US travelers.

It is expected the program will be expanded later in the year to add US citizens as well.

Self Service System

The system operates easily and collects the passengers’ passport and flight information, declaration data, scans fingerprints, takes a photo, and issues a receipt while they are waiting in the queue which is then given to a CBP officer for verification.

The kiosks are expected to be operating this summer.

Even though international travel only represents about 10 percent of the traffic at the Orlando Airport, forecasted growth at Orlando has already increased to 10.8 percent in the first quarter this year.

It is vital to the growth of the overseas travel market to be able to process international travelers, through U.S. Customs quickly.

This new system benefits the airport and has shown to have an impact on major economic growth for the businesses in Central Florida.

As a Model Port, designated by the US Customs, Orlando continues to introduce the latest technology to improve processing international travelers quicker and more efficient.

By Marie Ospina

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