Let’s face it, whilst you can make travel as glamorous (or not) in the air, whenever you land on the ground, you have to deal with the joy of border control.
Whilst some borders can be reasonably fast to clear (the French and German borders always seem pretty fast), some borders can be a real pain to clear.
Whilst the UK is pretty high on my personal list, the USA Border Clearance can be excruciating – especially after a very long flight.
Well, it seems United Airlines is doing something about this at their Newark hub, with the installation of Automated Passport Clearance kiosks at Terminal C.
The BorderXpress system requires you to follow on-screen instructions to confirm identity and such – which generates a recpit which needs to be taken to an US Customs and Border Patrol Officer for final processing.
Unlike Global Entry or NEXUS, this programme does not require preregistration to use. It is limited however to US and Canadian passport holders (although there is conflicting information that BorderXpress allows clearance from countries that are in the US Visa Wavier system – the BorderXpress site indicates so, as does the CBP site, whilst United’s site doesn’t mention a word).
BorderXpress Kisoks are installed at:
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
- Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 1 and Terminal 4
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 5
- Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
I’m all for these wonder-machines – especially after a long Trans-Atlantic flights (and for those in the Visa waiver countries… well beyond), providing the experience using them is simple to use.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding with these. But anything to improve passenger flow can’t be a bad thing.