Looking for a new way to breeze through customs and immigration on your next trip back to the US? Well, a new app called Mobile Passport has got you covered currently at the following airports: Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago (ORD), Newark, and Ft. Lauderdale, with more airports coming soon.
Per the app, The Mobile Passport App by Airside Mobile lets you skip the line at US airports for Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Just fill out your profile and answer CBP’s questions – then go straight to the “Mobile Passport Control” express lane at the airport!
Who Can Use The Mobile App?
US citizens with a valid US passport and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status may use the Mobile Passport App. You must have an iOS or Android device that can connect to the internet.
How Does The Mobile App Work?
Once the traveler downloads the app from the app store, the Mobile Passport App asks travelers to set up a profile with their passport data. If family members are traveling together, additional profiles can be set up. When a traveler is preparing to enter the U.S., the traveler completes the “New Trip” section of the app: selecting arrival airport and airline, taking a “selfie” photo, and answering standard CBP customs declaration questions. Upon arrival, the traveler uses the app to submit this information along with the profile data to CBP. After reviewing the submission, CBP may send a digital, secure bar-coded receipt to the traveler’s smartphone via the app. This receipt will expire in four (4) hours. The traveler then proceeds through the arrivals area, following the Mobile Passport Control signs until prompted by CBP to place their digital bar-coded receipt on the barcode scanner and presenting their passport to a CBP officer. Unless further inspection is necessary, the passenger then exits the arrivals area.
I think this new app, Mobile Passport is a great addition and can really come in handy especially at some airports with long customs and immigration lines. You can download the free iPad for your iPhone or your Android device.