Las Vegas’ McCarran airport deploys biometric APCs
15 April 2015 15:39 GMT

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport has deployed biometric automated passport control (APC) kiosks provided by SITA at its Terminal 3.

Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County’s aviation director, told US media that the kiosks will boost travel and tourism by improving the airport experience for international arrivals.

The Automated Passport Control self-service kiosks use a biometric and biographic data capture process first deployed in the United States using SITA technology.

Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, said: “Customer service is critically important to us at McCarran because we know the majority of our passengers choose to come here even though there are other places they could have visited. We believe providing a great airport experience upon arrival will inspire those travelers to choose to visit us again in the future. The addition of these kiosks gives our customers another option to expedite their entry into the United States, and more quickly begin to experience all Las Vegas has to offer. We are pleased to have worked with SITA and CBP to bring these time-saving kiosks to McCarran’s port of entry.”

Paul Houghton, SITA President, Americas, said: “The APC kiosks that we have supplied to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas are just the first step in a journey to use innovative technology to improve the passenger experience at customs and border control. Looking ahead we are investigating how mobile applications could be used for passport control and other border checks, with the aim of improving the passenger facilitation while ensuring security levels are maintained.“

Employing facial and fingerprint recognition, the kiosks can be used by US and Canandian citizens, as well as 38 countries participating in a visa waiver programme.

Earlier this week, Miami International Airport announced that it will be installing 44 more of the self-service kiosks. There, officials say the machines have reduced the wait for U.S. citizens by as much as 40 percent.

SITA executive Paul Houghton said that the machines process passengers in less than two minutes and help airlines and federal authorities maintain high security during peak travel periods.

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