MIA opens first passport clearance facility with facial recognition

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Miami International Airport (MIA) has opened its newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international arrivals, which is the first in the USA to be completely dedicated to providing expedited passport screening via facial recognition technology.

The Florida facility’s new technology verifies a traveler’s identity by matching them to the document they are presenting and can screen up to 10 passengers per minute. The re-designed, technology-driven facility also offers passport clearance via Global Entry kiosks and the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app.

In addition to providing the latest in expedited passport screening technology, the new facility reduces the walking distance for Concourse E and F passengers who previously only had access to the Concourse D passport hall – decongesting one of the country’s busiest arrivals facilities in the process as well.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow (February 27) and will be attended by Miami-Dade aviation director Lester Sola; Miami-Dade County commissioner and chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa; and CBP executive assistant commissioner Todd Owen.

By Hazel King

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With over a decade of experience as a business and technology journalist working in B2B publishing, Hazel first joined UKi in 2011. After taking 18 months off to bring up her daughter and try her hand at marketing copywriting, she returned in January 2018 to do what she loves best – magazine editing! She is now the editor of UKi's Passenger Terminal World and Parcel and Postal Technology International magazines.

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