US citizens entering the country at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will be able to clear customs faster in Summer 2013 by using Automated Passport Control kiosks. The kiosks will be installed at the airport by the Chicago Department of Aviation by July 1.
Arriving US passport-holders will be able to proceed to any of the 32 self-service kiosks and answer a series of questions on a touch screen. A receipt will be issued by the kiosk and travelers can then take the receipt along with their passports and airline boarding passes to a Customs and Border Protection officer for verification.
The system is similar to the CBP’s Global Entry program for frequent flyers. However, unlike Global Entry, the kiosks will be free and will not require advance registration.
O’Hare will be the first US airport to offer this facility. Similar kiosks are already in use at Vancouver International Airport.