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Passport App Will Help Travelers Pass Faster Through Customs at LAX, Airport Says

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    Passport App Will Help Travelers Pass Faster Through Customs at LAX, Airport Says
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    International air travelers are processed by US Customs and Border Protection agents upon arrival to Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), on December 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

    The addition of a mobile passport app to Los Angeles International Airport will help travelers pass through security checkpoints faster, the airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

    Mobile Passport Control can now be used at terminals 2, 4, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal and is the first authorized app to expedite passenger arrival into the U.S.

    Eligible U.S. and Canadian citizens may voluntarily submit their passport information and answers to inspection-related questions to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival for speedier service.

    "At Los Angeles World Airports, one of our strategic goals is to innovate for security, efficiency, and effectiveness, and the Mobile Passport Control app is a prime example of how we do this," said Aura Moore, LAWA deputy executive director and chief information officer. "The introduction of the MPC app at LAX is another milestone in our work to enhance the guest experience and deliver a gold-standard airport, without compromising on safety or security."

    Android and iPhone users can download the app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The app is now available at 23 major international airports and has been downloaded one million times over the last two years, LAWA said.

    "CBP is committed to improving the international travel experience by offering new and innovative technology to streamline the arrival process," said Carlos C. Martel, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.

    "Through our partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, travelers arriving at LAX will have another processing option to use that has been proven to reduce wait times without compromising our important border security mission."

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