Sometime this summer, Orlando International (MCO) will begin setting up self-service kiosks that should make entry into the U.S. at least a little faster for international visitors.
According the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board, this technological do-it-yourself tool will help the Customs and Border Protection officers cut down on “mundane but necessary data collection.” Translation: Everyone saves time.
How the Kiosks Will Work
There is no need for passengers to register in advance. Here’s what the kiosks will do:
- Collect passenger flight and passport information
- Collect declaration data
- Scan fingerprints
- Take a photo
- Issue a receipt
The international visitor then takes this receipt and the photo the customs agent who will verify it and then you’re back on your way.
Orlando International Visitor Numbers Grow
Orlando has long been a testing ground for innovations especially involving international visitors partly because they get so many. In 2012 alone, Orlando International processed a record 3.7 million international passengers. 2013 is shaping up to be record-breaker: So far the numbers of international visitors has jumped nearly 11%. Presumably one can thank Mickey and Harry Potter for that.