Are you an American citizen who travels out of the country frequently?
Do you dread the extensive lines at customs? Do you stand for hours in
a crowded airport line, fiddling with your passport in your hands? It
can be extremely aggravating. Even if you don't travel often, everyone
should know that there is a new and improved, faster way to reenter the
United States without all the stress and agony.
With all the technology that is in the world today, it's no surprise that there is now a Mobile Passport app. Better yet, it's totally free for iPhone and Android devices. It does provide some of the benefits of the Global Entry Program
but it does help you get out of the airport more quickly. If you can
take a picture of yourself and answer a few basic questions, you can
use this tech-savvy government-approved app.
Once you get the Mobile Passport app, you'll be instructed to enter
your personal information in the application and set up a profile. This
app does not totally rule out old fashioned passports, because you
still need a passport and ID on you and a passport number to use the
app. This application is truly amazing, because you can just skip that
hectic line with hundreds of people and go straight to the Mobile
Passport line and scan your phone.
The Mobile Passport connects the technology industry and the
government as one to provide faster service at your fingertips. The
Mobile Passport application was developed by Airside Mobile and sponsored by the Airports Council International-North America and authorized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The app is very secure as well. The information that you enter in the
app is reviewed securely by the CBP. The application also gives you a
choice of saving your passport data on your phone or having your
information completely erased from the system after your travels. The
app encrypts your data and saves it on your phone. The data is also
shielded by a four-digit code you can pick yourself.
Are you interested yet? It only takes a few clicks to go ahead
and find the Mobile Passport in the App store. I am going to give you a
little walk through of what it's like after you have downloaded the app
and opened it up.
First off, they will ask you to insert your real passport
details, again you do need a passport in the first place to use the
app. You have an option of typing them or even scanning your physical
passport with your phone. Then, will ask for a photo, so go ahead and
take a professional-looking selfie. If you have family going along with
you on the trip, you can add their passports to the app too.
After that, in the app, select "New Trip" and then you will be
required to answer ONLY FOUR questions. It is remarkable how easy it
is, you don't have to fill out any forms on paper, just answer a few
YES or NO questions. You can do this on airplane mode on your phone if
you have to. When you have internet connection, you press "Submit" and
then you will receive a digital receipt with a QR code. This ticket is
what I call the golden ticket, the ticket that brings you to a line
with little to no wait.
When you arrive at the airport and enter the border control
zone, you should glance around and find the Mobile Passport Control
lane. When you get up to the scanner, you should hand over your
passport to a customs officer. Have the Mobile Passport app handy, then
place your phone screen under the scanner. They will ask you some
questions, and then send you right to the luggage carousel. The app
will be scanned once more, and then you are all done! At this point you
should realize how much time you have saved and you will be very
The Mobile Passport originally launched in 2014. It has been
used hundreds of thousands of times. The application currently is
available in 20 of the busiest airports and is continuously being
expanded to new locations. Following is a list of places where you can
already use the app.
It does not work at land or sea ports yet, either. As the app
grows and improves, maybe someday it will be at every airport, and make
traveling everywhere around the world easier, faster and more
tech-savvy than ever.
In conclusion, the Mobile Passport Control app
was an excellent idea that came to life with help of the government and
Mobile app developers. Everyday our lives our changing because of the
world of technology. It is astounding to witness technology altering
the way we travel. We wonder if, in the future, moving through customs
with such ease will be possible no matter the destination. This
application may be just the tip of the iceberg of many more brilliant
app ideas that can make our travel experiences far more enjoyable.
If you are going on a trip soon, be sure to make use of this
handy resource. So pack your bags, plan your trip, and download the
Mobile Passport app. Remember, you can download the app for free from
the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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