Get your smart phone out now and download Mobile Passport. Great, consider your day productive, as this new, free, amazing app introduces a new technology that allows you to bypass the lines at immigration and customs when re-entering the US at select airports lines by taking a selfie. Yes, we are serious, this is real!
In 2014, Customs and Border Protection partnered with Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North to create this app that is available now to iPhone and Android users. This is how it works…
Upon return from your international trip, turn on your phone and enter your personal information and passport information into the app form. Answer a few questions regarding your trip, and what your brought back with you, and snap a selfie. Watch the app generate a receipt. Show your receipt to the customs agent. Walk on through!
Canadians and US Passport holders can sign up today and use the app to travels through Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), and San Francisco (SFO). In the next year, the program hopes to have over 20 airports participating.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Download the app today, and let us know if it is as easy as it sounds!
Laurie Lee is co-founder and CEO of Swift Passport and Visa Services. A Chicago native, Laurie loves adventure travel, especially to the Caribbean. She enjoys writing for the Swift Post, as well as for her personal blog, Spare Parts- www.sparebodyparts.com.