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Vancouver Airport Debuts U.S. Passport Self-Scan

05/07/2013 10:00 EDT | Updated 07/07/2013 05:12 EDT
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NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 19: A sign outlines the procedure on how to use the US-VISIT as Carmen Moreno (L) and Joan Walker (C), employees of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, stand by the newly installed kiosks which scans passports and fingerprints, a biometric procedure that is required of all foreigners exiting Newark Liberty International Airport January 19, 2005 in Newark, New Jersey. This security procedure, which is under the operation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is already in place in other major airports and will help track non-citizens visiting the country. (Photo by Monika Graf/Getty Images)
Passengers travelling to the United States from Vancouver airports can scan their own passports in an effort to get passengers to clear customs more quickly, according to the Vancouver Airport Authority, but the new technology will not be available to Canadians for another month.

Under the system — called Automated Passport Control — travellers walk up to a self-serve kiosk, scan their U.S. passports, and answer customs declarations questions.

The process eliminates the need to fill out a declaration card, but passengers still need to speak to a U.S. customs officer for final clearance.

The program is the first-of-its-kind under a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Vancouver Airport Authority.

But for now, it's only available for those with a U.S. passport, said the Vancouver Airport Authority's Kevin Molloy.

"[We want to] get the support and buy-in of all the frontline officers and make sure they fully understand the implications of the technology," Molloy said.

The system should be available for Canadians by the end of the month, he added.

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