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Rumour new automated immigration terminals at Orlando

Discussion in 'General News & Rumors' started by keith, Jan 18, 2014.

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    These are now live and available at MCO!

    New automation at Orlando International Airport (MCO) will expedite international arrival processing in 2014. Ten new high-tech digital security kiosks are installed and being tested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the international arrivals area at MCO. Orlando International is the nation’s pilot site for this new generation of kiosks which allows international passengers from visa waiver countries to self-process into the United States.

    The new kiosks will partially automate the inspection process for persons entering the United States. The system will collect the passengers’ passport and flight information, declaration data, scan fingerprints, take a photo and issue a receipt to the passenger. The passenger then presents their passport and receipt to a CBP officer for verification. The whole process should take under two minutes. The kiosks are complimentary to use and do not require registration in advance; however, passengers must have previously entered the U.S. and have fingerprints on file with CB

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    That doesn't sound like a lot of machines to me. I hope they leave the traditional way open as well.

    Can you imagine 2 flights arriving at the same time with just 10 kiosks, it doesn't bear thinking about. I know its a pilot so hopefully more will be added if the pilot is a success.
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    The traditional way is still open yep and results on the terminals at the MOMENT are that theyre having trouble getting people to even try them :lol: but that will change.

    Personally I'm all for this.

    Immigration at Orlando has improved in terms of niceness 200% since the mid 2000s. I've gone from worrying about holding my tongue to having a bit of a joke and knowing it'll be ok unless I mention something awful. The staff there are much nicer but it still takes an age to do something which is SO easily automated.
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    We saw these when we were there recently but they weren't in use.....or I thought they weren't as no one was using them!
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    yeah me too.... and now I dont know if it was just no one knew they were live! but text from a guy there today says he used them and it was amazingly easy and quick
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    It's technology Keith, so I know what you will be using in October :lol:
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    and May hopefully!
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    Doh!! I forgot about May, it's my age and hair colour that does it :D
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    PLEASE don't forget about May, it's only January and I'm already counting the days...
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    You don't need to count the days your countdown timer does it for you :p
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    ok miss smarty pants :p
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    Anyone signed up for one of the expedited immigration services?

    I signed up for Global Entry - got my interview on my next trip, hope it goes well!
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    I kept meaning to but never did :( I really should though! be interested to see how it goes for you! Did you have to sign up at the airport or is it something I could do from here for my next trip?
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    I managed to wangle myself a code (UK participants needed an invitation code) and then you can enter online.

    On top of the $100 application fee (it's called that because it's non-refundable if you get rejected), there's an additional cost to obtain a Police certificate confirming you have no criminal record.

    Once they have done their background checks, you are invited to schedule an interview to which you bring your documents (ID, proof of address, police certificate etc). If you're successful, you're in and have five years of travellin' easy!
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    as someone who can't use the self scanners in Supermarkets without hearing 'unexpected item in the baggage area' I have little hope i will be able to work it but I will try if it looks like it will save me time.

    quite interested in the global entry thing- we have had proper visas - forget which kind so they should have all our details anyway so shouldn't be a problem. Let us know how you get on please Tony :)
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    Will do... Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    I might actually have to be serious for a few minutes at the interview!
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    yes, they don't tend to 'do' humour do they? :lol: which is always the time when I am at my funniest
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    The nerves are beginning to set in now. I'm constantly going through a series of 'How should I be? What should I wear? What if I get late?' questions.

    The logical side of my brain says I have nothing to worry about. Previous interviewees have all commented on how friendly and relaxed the whole experience is. The more emotional side of my brain is... going nuts.
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    Sending you good vibes that all goes well during the interview, Tony!
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