DFW becomes only US airport to offer all expedited customs clearance programmes

15 September 2014 (Last Updated September 15th, 2014 18:30)

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been declared as the only US airport to offer all expedited customs clearance programmes, which has made it the easiest to clear US customs and border protection (CBP).

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Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been declared as the only US airport to offer all expedited customs clearance programmes, which has made it the easiest to clear US customs and border protection (CBP).

The programmes implemented by the airport are CBP's global entry-trusted programme, which gives pre-approved passengers the ability to avoid traditional passport lines and paper customs declaration forms while re-entering the country through the airport.

It has also implemented the automated passport control (APC) for US and Canadian citizens that allows passengers from both countries to enter their passport details on a touchscreen, print it and take it to customs agents.

An APC for non-US citizens belonging to one of the 38 visa waiver countries and for green card holders has also been put in place.

"We have shortened waiting times by 40% while still experiencing an 8.46% increase in overall passenger traffic."

Passengers travelling with only hand luggage can clear the CBP area at a kiosk, instead of waiting for additional luggage checks.

DFW airport chief executive officer Sean Donohue said: "Approximately 70% of DFW's international travellers automatically process through security, waiting an average of less than 14min.

"Working in partnership with the CBP, we have shortened waiting times by 40% while still experiencing an 8.46% increase in overall passenger traffic."

DFW is considered to be the world's third busiest airport that handles approximately 60 million passengers a year and 1,850 flights every day.


Image: Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.