US CBP Mobile Passport Control App

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Airports that currently have Mobile Passport Control (MPC):

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Chicago OHare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • William P. Hobby Houston International Airport (HOU)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Miami Seaport
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Palm Beach Seaport
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Port Everglades Seaport
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • San Juan Airport (SJU)
  • San Juan Seaport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
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Old Aug 12, 14, 6:38 am
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US CBP Mobile Passport Control App

CBP has backed an app for mobile devices that may help speed up things to clear US passport control. Initially pilot is at ATL, but I've already got the app even as ATL is an airport I rarely use as a US POE.

http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national...-app-available

From the announcement press release:

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. This first-of-its-kind app was developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnership with CBP as part of a pilot program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. IPhone and iPad users can download the app for free from Apples App Store.
ATL is the pilot.

To find the app in the Apple App Store, search for Airside or Airside Mobile. That should help get you to Mobile Passport - Officially authorized app for download.

So now I can use Global Entry kiosks, Automated Passport Control kiosks, traditional staffed station processing, or "Mobile Passport Control". It's nice to see CBP jumping in on the experimentation game if only to speed things up.

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Old Aug 12, 14, 9:18 am
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This thing only works for US and some Canadian passport holders.

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Easy-peasy and thank you for this ^ (and now hoping the pilot at ATL goes well and it expands to other airports)
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It's a very easy app to use. It involves taking your picture and putting in your passport biodata page details and a few other steps for actual use. Some of the additional steps have to be timed properly -- as in not more than say X hours before arrival or flight, and as in not doing the finalization process until on the ground using wifi network and doing so no more than two hours prior to presenting the receipt or something like that. [I don't have all the details on this -- as I haven't been into ATL yet using this app -- and I haven't had it looked at in extensive detail yet. I am saying I need check this out more or you need to do your own due diligence on it.]

This does have me wondering if/when this will mark the formal end of the no-phone/camera use policy/practices at CBP clearance facilities where this app is a means to facilitate CBP clearance of passengers.

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Any word on when the app will be available for Android?
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Any word on when the app will be available for Android?
They likely chose one airport and one platform for the pilot. If successful and they move forward with it, they'll probably expand it to Android.

Or maybe they'll piss off a lot of people and make it an iOS exclusive

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If you read the FAQ on their website, it mentions this:

Who can use the Mobile Passport App?
US citizens with a valid US passport and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status may use the Mobile Passport App. You must have an Apple iPhone or other iOS device that can connect to the internet. A Google Android version of the app will be available in the fall of 2014
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Tip: I tried searching for "Mobile Passport Control" and "MPC" at the App Store without it finding anything. So I searched for "Airside Mobile" and it found it.
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Originally Posted by xero9 View Post
They likely chose one airport and one platform for the pilot. If successful and they move forward with it, they'll probably expand it to Android.

Or maybe they'll piss off a lot of people and make it an iOS exclusive

Edit:

If you read the FAQ on their website, it mentions this:

Who can use the Mobile Passport App?
US citizens with a valid US passport and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status may use the Mobile Passport App. You must have an Apple iPhone or other iOS device that can connect to the internet. A Google Android version of the app will be available in the fall of 2014
Thanks. I didn't have the patience to go to the FAQ :-)
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Old Aug 12, 14, 4:57 pm
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Thanks. I didn't have the patience to go to the FAQ :-)
I didn't either at first, but then curiosity got the best of me
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Old Aug 12, 14, 6:33 pm
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Interesting, especially because of no cell phones in the inspection area rule.
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So now I can use Global Entry kiosks,
Since there is currently no way to add your Global Entry number into the form, you still need to carry your card. At least that is how I interpret it.
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Old Aug 12, 14, 9:57 pm
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Since there is currently no way to add your Global Entry number into the form, you still need to carry your card. At least that is how I interpret it.
wasn't aware there was a Global Entry card. I applied for SENTRI and Global Entry simultaneously and I was just given a CBP sticker for my passport. There was a card for SENTRI but that is no good for international flights.

Either way, assuming most don't have this card, you would still have to carry your passport on an international flight regardless so it wouldn't be much different other than not having to go through the kiosks, saving a little bit of time.
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A Google Android version of the app will be available in the fall of 2014
The REAL question is when will a Windows Phone app come out
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Originally Posted by BOB W View Post
Since there is currently no way to add your Global Entry number into the form, you still need to carry your card. At least that is how I interpret it.
Just because someone has GE status and may use the GE kiosks doesn't mean they must always use the GE process where it is available; instead of using the GE kiosks, the other CBP-approved alternatives are allowed too.

To use this app for arrival into the US at ATL, a US citizen using a US passport need not be a Global Entry member and need not have the GE card. [While most GE applicants who have had valid GE membership seem to have been issued GE cards, not all have been issued such cards -- preciously GE stickers were provided for passport cover placement.]

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Originally Posted by xchpstang View Post
wasn't aware there was a Global Entry card. I applied for SENTRI and Global Entry simultaneously and I was just given a CBP sticker for my passport. There was a card for SENTRI but that is no good for international flights.

Either way, assuming most don't have this card, you would still have to carry your passport on an international flight regardless so it wouldn't be much different other than not having to go through the kiosks, saving a little bit of time.
If you applied early for GE, cards weren't available, although you can go back to GEOS or whateverr it's called and request a GE card for your account. I think the fee is about $10. The card is mailed to you and uses the photo taken at your GE interview. It's an alternative government issued photo ID but cannot be used as a substitute for your passport.
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