The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched Simplified Arrival, involving the use of biometrics, at Kansas City International Airport (KCI) in Missouri, US.
The enhanced international arrival process utilises facial biometrics to automate manual document checks, which are required for entry into the US.
This process offers a touchless travel experience to passengers, further securing and streamlining international arrivals.
It also fulfils a congressional mandate to record the entry and exit of non-US citizens into the country biometrically.
Simplified Arrival combines facial comparison algorithms and trained CBP officers to authenticate travel documents.
Kansas City Aviation director Pat Klein said: “CBP shares our commitment to customer service and is a great partner.
“Their technology continues to make arrival in Kansas City as fast and easy as possible while giving travellers options.
“Simplified Arrival is quick and touchless with the CBP officer doing the work, and Mobile Passport Control still exists for travellers who wish to be more hands-on.”
Simplified Arrival makes use of the biometric facial comparison process at a time and place where passengers are legally required to verify their identity by offering a travel document.
Upon arrival at KCI, the passenger will have to pause for a photo at the primary inspection point.
The biometric facial comparison process will compare the traveller’s new photo with their passport or visa photo that was already provided to the government.
Additionally, non-US citizens who have previously travelled to the country may no longer need to provide fingerprints, as it will be confirmed through facial biometrics.
In June, CBP, in partnership with the Commonwealth Ports Authority (CPA), launched the Simplified Arrival at the Francisco C Ada/Saipan International Airport (SIA) in the Northern Mariana Islands.