With the help of stakeholders,
mobile passport control (MPC)
followed APC, providing a mobile
example of the commitment to safe,
secure and streamlined travel.
MPC allows eligible travelers to
submit their passport information
and other information from
their smartphones or tablets
when they arrive at the airport.
Since implementation, the MPC
application has been downloaded
more than 1 million times and
usage has grown steadily with more
than 20,000 uses per week.
“It’s the same thing, except that
instead of stopping at a kiosk, you
run the same transaction through
your smart phone,” Wagner said.
“We’re driving at ways to get rid of
our reliance on paper. We’re good
at inventing new things, but not
very good at stopping the old way
of doing things. And even as we
automate processes, we still have
paper backups and paper systems.”
The free MPC app is being used at
24 U.S. international airports.
Perhaps the most exciting
opportunity to transform the
international travel process revolves
around the implementation of a
biometric exit program, Wagner
said. Unlike many countries in
the world, the U.S. never has had a
departure control process, and U.S.
airports have not been designed to
separate international and domestic
departure flights. However, given
that innovative technologies have
evolved over time and the airlines
and airport authorities see the
benefits of biometrics in their own
modernization efforts, the U.S. is
now well-positioned to implement a
biometric exit program.
The plan for implementation
of a biometric air exit program
is modeled after the initial facial
recognition pilot that CBP deployed
in June 2016 at Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta International. CBP
partnered with Delta Air Lines to
confirm biometrically the identity
of travelers departing on select
flights without any disruption to
the boarding process. This was a
Photo credit: Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
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