US’ McCarran Airport deploys Sita Phase 4.0 APC kiosks

10 August 2015 (Last Updated August 10th, 2015 18:30)

The McCarran International Airport in the US has deployed Sita’s Phase 4.0 automated passport control (APC) kiosks to help accelerate the process of clearing customs and border documents.

The McCarran International Airport in the US has deployed Sita's Phase 4.0 automated passport control (APC) kiosks to help accelerate the process of clearing customs and border documents.

Business or tourist visa holders, Mexican travellers carrying border crossing cards and airline crew members will be able to make use of the new kiosks after arriving in the country.

In March this year, the airport installed Sita's APC kiosks to boost efficiency at the border by helping passengers to provide their travel documents, biometric data and customs declaration before speaking to a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.

"In the US, our automated passport control kiosks have reduced wait times for passengers by as much as 40%."

The latest version is expected to allow the airport to expand the eligibility from the previously established 38 visa waiver countries outlined by CBP to all of its arrivals.

Clark County aviation director Rosemary Vassiliadis said: "We expect the volume of international travel will continue to rise, and offering the speed and convenience of SITA's APC self-service kiosks for passport processing to a greater number of travelers will allow us to accommodate that growth while continuing to deliver an exceptional guest experience."

The modified version will also feature enhanced embedded video, making it consistent with global entry experience.

SITA Americas president Paul Houghton said: "Whether at check-in or upon arrival, automating routine and often time-consuming processes like passport control has proven to significantly cut wait times, enabling airports to improve operational efficiency and passenger satisfaction.

"In the US, our automated passport control kiosks have reduced wait times for passengers by as much as 40%."

According to the company, Phase 4.0 will allow travellers from the countries with the largest total growth percentages, including: China (172%), Colombia (72%), India (47%), Brazil (43%), and Mexico (38%), to process themselves through the kiosks.