Bahamas’ Lynden Pindling Airport commissions automated passport control system

4 February 2015 (Last Updated February 4th, 2015 18:30)

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in the Bahamas has commissioned 20 new automated passport control (APC) self-service kiosks, enabling passport holders from the US and Canada, including 38 visa-waivered countries, to be processed within a minute.

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in the Bahamas has commissioned 20 new automated passport control (APC) self-service kiosks, enabling passport holders from the US and Canada, including 38 visa-waivered countries, to be processed within a minute.

The latest commissioning makes Lynden Pindling only the second international airport with US pre-clearance facilities to offer the latest technology.

Offered by the Vancouver Airport Authority, the new BorderXpress APS self-service kiosk technology enables eligible passengers to electronically complete processing at the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspection process, further speeding up the border clearance process.

"APC will greatly improve our ability to process passengers through the airport."

Nassau Airport Development Company president and CEO Vernice Walkine said: "APC will greatly improve our ability to process passengers through the airport.

"The demand for the destination continues to grow and with more than 3.2 million passengers travelling through LPIA on an annual basis, we want to ensure that their experience at our airport is a positive one.

"Making the investment in 20 APC kiosks just makes sense from a passenger management perspective as the move will drastically reduce wait times in an area impacting more than 80% of our total airport traffic. The technology will benefit the destination for years to come."

Passengers are no longer required to complete a paper US Customs declaration form. Instead, they can follow the on-screen instructions to scan their passport, reply to the customs declaration questions, get their photo captured, receive a confirmation receipt and finalise processing.

Rolled out at Vancouver International Airport in 2012, the new BorderXpress kiosk technology is deployed at approximately 20 airports across North America and the Caribbean, including JFK International, Los Angeles International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Chicago O'Hare International and Hartsfield Jackson International in Atlanta.