Orlando International Airport (MCO) will become the first airport in the US to automate the I-94 arrival/departure form for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Under the automated system, the records of admission will be generated using traveler information submitted electronically. Travelers needing a hard copy or evidence of admission can print a copy of the I-94 document at the CBP website.
The automation process will begin in a phased manner from April 30 and is expected to reduce the waiting time per passenger by an average of 20 seconds. While 20 seconds may not sound like much, if an arriving flight has only 200 passengers, the decrease in time for immigration processing will be over an hour – fantastic for travelers who are anxious to leave the airport and begin their vacation.
Airport officials have said that the automation will minimize required paperwork, reduce workload of CBP staff, increase efficiency, provide capacity for more international traffic growth and save money.
The Orlando International Airport recorded a 13.7 percent rise in international air travel in 2012.