When I recently returned to Chicago after a weeklong Ibiza trip the last thing I wanted to do was stand in a long line to declare my sangria, scarves and jewelry -- but I was ready with my completed declaration card in hand. Before I could dwell on my dread any longer, I was directed to an automated immigration kiosk.
As I approached this kiosk and started to using the automated system, so many questions were running through my mind. Is this safe? Who created this? Will it really be faster? Do I really look this tired?
Let me explain. You scan your passport, confirm your flight information is correct, answer a few questions about what you are bringing back into the country and then a camera snaps your photo. A receipt with your photo is printed and you proceed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who then speaks with you and proceeds to stamp your passport.
Once I claimed my luggage, I gave the receipt to the custom inspection officers and I was free to head home. The automated immigration kiosk made returning home pretty seamless and was hands down the fastest I have ever experienced returning home from an international trip.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International, New York-JFK International Airport and Miami International Airport are the four US airports the currently have the immigration kiosks.
For more information about the automated immigration kiosk and global entry, click here.