Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) has installed ten automated passport control kiosks for use in Terminal 4 in partnership with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The intent is to expedite the processing of inbound travelers who hold United States and Canadian passports, said the Broward County Aviation Department.
The kiosks will capture and validate travel document and customs declaration data, photograph the face of the passenger processing the entry passport, and print a receipt to present to a CBP Officer.
The automated kiosks are expected to enhance the travelers experience and increase the efficiency of processing international travelers, and their adoption has been advocated by travel industry organizations.
Currently, automated passport control kiosks are in use at international airports in New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), and Miami (MIA) in the United States, as well as in Montreal (YUL) and Vancouver (YVR) in Canada.
The cost for the new kiosks, including equipment, startup supper, software maintenance and training is $460,000.
FLL’s international traffic has tripled in the last ten years and it is now 16 percent of total traffic compared to seven percent in 2003.
Year-to-date international traffic for January is up 20 percent over the same period last year. For February 2014 our passenger count is up 16.2 percent over the same period last year.
FLL ranks 21st in the U.S. in terms of total passenger traffic.