3 MARCH 2014

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SITA biometrics kiosks

Orlando International Airport has become the first in the US to offer international travellers from visa waiver countries the option to 'land, touch and go', using new SITA's Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks to self-process for faster US border clearance.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has confirmed that arriving passengers from 37 visa waiver countries can now enjoy quick and easy processing at US customs and immigration.

Orlando is the only airport in the United States to use these kiosks which allow international travellers, from countries that participate in the visa waiver programme, to self-process into the US.  Ten biometric APC kiosks are now available for travellers to complete their Customs Declaration form on a touch-screen, have their passports scanned and fingerprints and photograph taken prior to, and in preparation for, their interview with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer.  The pre-processing significantly reduces the time to complete the clearance process.

The kiosks are complimentary to use and do not require registration in advance; however, travellers must have previously entered the US and have fingerprints on file with CBP.  The airport says that it has already seen a dramatic increase in the total number of travellers processed per minute.  www.sita.aero

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