Miami International Airport has become the first airport in the country to have a facility fully dedicated to biometric entry screening for international arrivals.
The renovated Concourse E’s federal inspection facility for international arrivals comes equipped with the new technology that verifies travelers’ identity by using facial recognition to match a passenger to the document he or she is presenting. The airport started trial of the technology in November last year.
“Aside from welcoming 96% of all visitors to Miami, our airport also welcomes 70% of international passengers to Florida,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
In August last year, the airport launched an update to its own MIA Airport Official app that allows users to access Mobile Passport Control and CBP Forms without ever leaving the app, becoming the first airport in the world authorized by CBP to use this feature.
“Improving customer service through technology and innovation is our highest priority at MIA. We are proud to partner with CBP on this new technology, which has significantly reduced wait times for our international passengers,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director, Lester Sola.
The airport, which has four runways, has the most domestic and international carriers among all airports in the country. Last year, it served more than 44.5 million passengers.