Waiting in the customs line at the airport is the dreaded nightmare of every traveler who’s ever decided to leave the country. It’s the last thing you want to do after a long trip, when the only thing standing between you and your home is a bureaucratic queue. The new app, Mobile Passport, from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) should help! It expedites the process of the CBP inspection using modern technology, aka smartphones. If you’re flying into Atlanta, you’ll get a chance to test out the new app, while the rest of us will have to wait until next year.
“We are strongly committed to the facilitation of travel and tourism to the United States, all while maintaining the highest security standards in the world,” said Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “Mobile Passport Control is an important step and one that we think the traveling public will embrace.”
Mobile Passport will have a slow roll out, but starting this month, passengers flying through Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport will have the chance to skip the line if they download the free app and follow these instructions:
1. Complete your profile with basic passport information.
2. Answer US CBP’s questions about your trip.
3. Submit your information WHEN YOU LAND and get a receipt from US CBP.
4. Skip the regular line and follow the signs for Mobile Passport Control.
5. Scan your receipt and show your passport to the US CBP officer.
***YOU MUST ENTER YOUR NAME AS IT IS ON YOUR PASSPORT.
****MOBILE PASSPORT IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR PASSPORT. BRING YOUR PASSPORT!
Users with in-flight Wi-Fi access can fill out their in-app forms up to two hours prior to landing. Please note that this is available for U.S. and Canadian citizens, only.