Selfie Express Lane Only…Who Knew?
Is this a good Idea or what? Now you can do something truly practical with a selfie. I’m not sayin’ using a lens filter on yourself to look like a zombie or filtering your face to look like a supermodel don’t have real world benefit; no I am sayin’ that…ya know…I’m just sayin’…but now you can take a selfie to save time instead of doing it to kill idle time waiting in the customs check-in line! Don’t worry. I’m sure they erase all records of your face within 24 hours. No need to be paranoid. We’re all friends here.
See How This Government Agency Saves You Time…Read More Below
The federal agency that protects the nation’s borders cannot do anything to ensure that your flight will arrive on time this holiday season, but it says air travelers returning from trips outside the U.S. can “app-solutely” increase their chances of flying through the customs hall at O’Hare International Airport.
All it takes is to download a free mobile device application, called Mobile Passport Control, before arriving and then follow a few simple steps, which include taking a selfie with an Android or iPhone smartphone or tablet, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
d waiting in the normal lanes for customs and immigration, U.S. and Canadian citizens who are Mobile Passport users submit the form and their passport information through the app and proceed to an express lane to be cleared for re-entry to the U.S.
The app is available at the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. Your Getting Around reporter downloaded the app and created a permanent profile by providing passport information in less than five minutes. On my next trip abroad, all I need to do is complete the “New Trip” section upon arriving in the U.S.
This is the first Thanksgiving and winter holiday season that Mobile Passport Control has operated at O’Hare. The other expedited ways to clear customs processing are self-service kiosks for automated passport control, 1-Stop for people with only carry-on bags and the Global Entry trusted traveler program, which carries a $100 application fee.