The Seattle Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) introduced 14 Automated Passport Control (APC) self-service kiosks in early 2014. The kiosks will cut the entry process times by about half for US and Canadian citizens arriving on international flights.
The easy-to-use Automated Passport Control kiosks do not require any pre-registration or membership for use and also offer the highest levels of protection for personal data.
Instead of filling out a declaration card and taking their travel documents to a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, arriving passengers who are US or Canadian citizens can now proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the US CBP passport-control area.
Travelers will have to follow the on-screen instructions to scan their passport and answer the customs declaration questions using the kiosk touchscreen. They then receive a receipt confirming their information and proceed to the CBP officer for final processing. The self-service kiosks allow up to four people residing at the same address to be processed together.
Watch this video for more details about using the kiosks:
Sea-Tac is only the fifth U.S. airport after Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami International, and New York’s JFK to introduce these kiosks. Similar kiosks also operate at Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal airports in Canada.
Chicago O’Hare Airport was the first airport in the US to introduce the kiosks in July 2013. The 32 self-service kiosks at O’Hare reduced the waiting times by about 16 minutes per passenger.
Arriving US and Canadian citizens at Sea-Tac can now also expect shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.