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APC kiosks installed at Houston gateway

An innovative automated passport control (APC) system has been installed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) say the technology has been brought in to improve traveller facilitation and security of international travel.

The 20 self-service kiosks are available for use to US and Canadian citizens who are arriving aboard international flights.

The system expedites the processing of arriving passengers by allowing the to enter required data using touch-screen technology, as opposed to hand writing the information on a traditional card.

The airport says the APC kiosks are having a significant impact on shortening the length of time required to clear the necessary CBP processing steps.

Houston aviation director, Mario Diaz, says: “George Bush Intercontinental Airport plays a key role in making sure that Houston is connected on a global scale.

"That level of connectivity is important to our city, both from an economic standpoint as well as culturally.

“As a result, it's absolutely essential to lead international travellers through the arrivals process in the most efficient manner possible."

Last year IAH handled nearly nine million international passengers, which represents an increase of almost 300% in the past 20 years.

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