MIA launches mobile passport control app

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Miami International Airport (MIA) has become the second airport in the USA to offer Mobile Passport, the new US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mobile app aimed at enhancing the passenger experience.

The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows travelers to enter and submit their passport and customs declaration information using their smartphone or tablet instead of filling out traditional paper forms. Mobile Passport is the result of a partnership between CBP, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and app developer Airside Mobile.

The free app is available to US citizens with a valid US passport and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status. After downloading the app, qualified travelers are prompted to set up a profile using information contained in their passport, and the app also allows families traveling together to create multiple profiles. Once the profile is complete, travelers can use Mobile Passport to answer standard customs declaration questions, submit their information electronically upon landing, and take advantage of dedicated lanes for Mobile Passport users.

“MIA lobbied hard to be one of the very first US airports to offer Mobile Passport to our passengers, and our partners at CBP and ACI-NA are to be commended for partnering in this effort,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “MIA is the perfect fit for Mobile Passport: we are America’s second-busiest port of entry, handling more than 20 million international passengers each year, and our organization is wholeheartedly committed to bringing the latest travel technology to our airport.”

“Since its debut last summer, Mobile Passport has transformed the Customs clearance process for eligible travelers arriving in the United States,” said ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Mobile Passport has proved to be an outstanding example of the kind of innovation that occurs when industry and government work together to achieve cost-effective solutions. We are very pleased to announce that Miami International Airport is the next gateway to accommodate this technology, and we look forward to additional airports coming online throughout 2015.”

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