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Mobile Passport Control App Expands to Broward County's Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  
Eligible Travelers Entering the U.S. Have a Mobile Option for Customs
and Border Protection Declaration
  

DATE: January 13, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116
EMAIL: gmeyer@broward.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Migdalia Arteaga, Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
PHONE: (786) 594-1353

Broward County, FL - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) today announced the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to FLL. MPC is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler's arrival into the United States. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

"CBP is proud to work together with FLL to offer Mobile Passport Control as an option to expedite traveler's arrival to the United States." said Director Field Operations in Miami Diane J. Sabatino. "CBP remains committed to making the international arrivals experience as traveler-friendly as possible through innovation and collaboration with stakeholders while maintaining the highest security standards."

"Using technology to improve the passenger experience is extremely important," said Broward County Director of Aviation Kent George. "Our partnership with CBP, Airports Council International-NA, and Airside Mobile has been instrumental in launching this important initiative."

MPC currently offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more secure and efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the United States. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), the app does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. Travelers opting to use the app will no longer have to complete a paper customs declaration form. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

"We're very pleased to have Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport come on board as the sixth airport to launch Mobile Passport Control," said CBP Port Director Jorge L. Roig. "Mobile Passport Control has had a fantastic response in the other locations by cutting the time in the arrivals line for thousands of eligible travelers entering the United States."
 
There are five easy steps to MPC:

• Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store prior to arriving
• Create a profile with your passport information
• Complete the "New Trip" section upon arrival in the United States
• Submit your CBP Declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.
• Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.

The MPC pilot launched in August 2014 for eligible travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and as of December 2015 was available to passengers arriving at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Miami International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. MPC is expected to expand to more airports in 2016 and CBP has committed to expand the program to the 20 airports with the highest volumes of international travelers by the end of the calendar year.

This first-of-its-kind app was developed in partnership with CBP, by Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA) and their technical partner. Information about Mobile Passport, including how to download, user eligibility and other frequently asked questions, is available on CBP.gov.

MPC is just one part of CBP's resource optimization strategy which is transforming the way CBP does business in land, air and sea environments. As part of its commitment to innovation, CBP installed APC kiosks at 36 locations and automated the I-94 form. CBP has also enrolled more than 3.5 million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These programs allow CBP officers to process travelers safely and efficiently while enhancing security and reducing operational costs.

About CBP
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

About FLL
Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ranks 21st in the U.S. in total passenger traffic. With over 650 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to 125 U.S. cities and international destinations to Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe. Strategically located in the heart of the South Florida region, FLL is one of the economic engines that drive Broward County and provides 139,920 jobs and generates $13.2 billion annually for the local economy.

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