Automated Passport Control Kiosks
The Houston Airport System and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unveiled Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Travelers that are U.S. or Canadian citizens can use one of the 20 self-service kiosks when arriving at IAH on international flights.
The system is designed to expedite the processing of passengers arriving at IAH by allowing them to enter required data using touch-screen techonology, as opposed to hand writing the information on a traditional card.
Passengers simply place their passport on the scanning pad located on the kiosk and then provide answers to a series of basic questions. That data is then sent electronically to one of the screening officers on duty, minimizing both the effort required from the passenger and the chance for mistaken information to enter the system.
The APC kiosks are already having significant impact on shortening the length of time required to clear CBP.
APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration.