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O'Hare will be 1st U.S. airport to implement technology for faster customs clearance

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Grace Carini, reads a book as she waits for her mother to pick her up after traveling from South Bend, Ind., while Alma Dynia and her son Nathan, right, wait for their flight to Seattle at OHare International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in Chicago. Holiday travelers at OHare incurred few problems today as expected protests against Transportation Security Administration screening procedures, using full body scanners and pat downs failed to materialize. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Grace Carini, reads a book as she waits for her mother to pick her up after traveling from South Bend, Ind., while Alma Dynia and her son Nathan, right, wait for their flight to Seattle at O'Hare International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in Chicago. Holiday travelers at O'Hare incurred few problems today as expected protests against Transportation Security Administration screening procedures, using full body scanners and pat downs failed to materialize. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (AP Photo)

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Chicago's O'Hare Airport will be the first American airport to implement a new system that will quicken the U.S. border clearance process by having passengers enter information at a self-service kiosk.

The Chicago Department of Aviation announced the Automated Passport Control program Monday. It was developed by Vancouver Airport Authority and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Instead of filling out a declaration card, passengers can use the kiosk to answer questions, get a receipt and then show their passport, receipt, travel information to a CBP agent for verification.

"This technology will help expedite customs processing for passengers arriving to O'Hare, further strengthening Chicago as a global destination," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press release. "Being the first airport in the U.S. to implement these advances demonstrates how serious we are about making Chicago the first, best and most welcoming city in the country."

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