Fort Lauderdale Airport introduces customs app

19 January 2016 (Last Updated January 19th, 2016 18:30)

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app has been introduced at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) Airport in Florida, US to help passengers speed through customs on arrival.

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Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app has been introduced at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) Airport in Florida, US to help passengers speed through customs on arrival.

The travellers need to submit their passport information and customs declaration form to the US Customs and Border Protection through the free app on a smartphone or a tablet.

The service can be availed by US citizens holding valid US passport and Canadian citizens who have Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status.

The US and Canadian travellers can skip the tedious job of filling out the regular paper customs application form.

"Using technology to improve the passenger experience is extremely important."

This app has been introduced to cut down waiting times, speed up the entire process and reduce passenger congestion at the airport.

The airport's operator, Broward County Aviation Department director of aviation Kent George was quoted by Sun-sentinel.com as saying: "Using technology to improve the passenger experience is extremely important."

Passengers have to download the app on a smartphone or tablet and then need to set up a profile along with passport information.

Once passengers fill in their complete profile, they can use the app to reply to regular customs questions and then electronically submit their information after landing.

This app will then produce an electronic receipt carrying an encrypted quick response code, which will have to be shown by travellers along with their passport to customs officers.

In August 2014, the app was first launched on a trial basis at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The service is being at five other airports in the country.

Among the five airports includes Miami International Airport, which was the second airport to provide the app to passengers.

By the end of this year, the app will be introduced in 20 airports across the country that have the high volumes of international passengers, reported Sun-sentinel.com.


Image: MPC was first launched at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport in Georgia, US in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Omoo/Wikipedia.