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Simplified Arrival for International Arrivals to Begin at Honolulu's Airport

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Honolulu will be the latest U.S. city to use facial biometrics to scan international arrivals.

The state Department of Transportation says the Simplified Arrival Program is coming to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Simplified Arrival uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks required for entry into the country. It also fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens.

The Simplified Arrival program is funded and maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The new system will replace the airport’s current Automated Passport Control kiosks, which are funded and maintained by the state D-O-T Airports Division. The kiosks were activated in February 2016.

Travelers may opt out of the system and have their identity confirmed manually.

The technology has been introduced at international airports across the country and at ports of entry along the U.S. southern border.

More information about Simplified Arrival can be found at biometrics.cbp.gov.

The state DOT says Honolulu’s airport now sees about 300 international arrivals per day. Prior to the pandemic, it saw an average of 7,000 international visitor arrivals every day.

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