New York JFK Airport has become the latest US airport to offer an automated passport control facility to United States citizens with the introduction of self-service kiosks.
The kiosks enable US citizens arriving from international flights to quickly complete the US border clearance process by entering their passport and identification information prior to inspection by a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.
Forty automated passport control kiosks have been purchased by Delta for use in its Terminal 4. This system is expected to go live on October 9, 2013.
Initially, only US citizens will be able to use the self-service kiosks at JFK, but Canadian citizens are also expected to be able to use the machines in the near future.
Wait times during peak arrival periods at Chicago O’Hare were reduced by about 33 percent, and at least 16 minutes, after the introduction of this technology. JFK Airport is the busiest US entry point for international travelers – the automated kiosks are expected to cut waiting lines and reduce congestion.
Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport are also expected to get self-service passport screening kiosks in the coming months.