If you are a US or Canadian citizen, this can be quite handy
Mobile Passport Control Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mobile Passport Control?
Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is an authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) smartphone or tablet app that expedites the entry process for U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors by providing an automated process through the CBP Primary Inspection area. The app enables travelers with a smartphone or tablet to submit their passport information and customs declaration form as well as upload a self-photo prior to CBP inspection. The app, which is part of a pilot program, is free to download and use. MPC is sponsored by the Airports Council International-North America.
When can I start using the app?
Eligible travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be able to use the app beginning on Aug 13. MPC is expected to expand to more airports later this year and to Android smartphone users in the future.
What are the benefits of using Mobile Passport Control?
Mobile Passport Control provides a more efficient and secure in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler. Since the administrative tasks are performed by the traveler prior to the passport control inspection, MPC reduces passport control inspection time and overall wait times.
How does Mobile Passport Control work?
Eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet can download the Mobile Passport Control app from the Apple App Store. Travelers will be prompted to create a profile via the app with their passport information. The profile includes the travelers name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. Upon landing in the United States, travelers will complete the New Trip section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, taking a self-photo, and answering a series of custom declaration questions. Once the traveler submits their customs declaration form through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. This receipt will expire four hours after being issued. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.
This service was mentioned by Tim Ferriss, seems to be sth similiar with a couple more locations: https://www.clearme.com/
That’s so awesome. In Australia if you’ve got a passport from a certain half dozen countries with the chip in it you can skip customs as well, you just scan your passport through a gate. Unfortunately France and Canada aren’t on that list, and my Canadian passport doesn’t ahve the chip in it anyway…
I’ve only used CLEAR at SFO but it’s well worth it for me just for that airport. It only takes a few minutes to go through airport security and it saved me from missing several flights over the last few years.
Can’t wait for this to be everywhere. Few years from now and it’ll be nexus style travel for most with this type of setup.