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Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport First General Aviation Airport to Get APC Kiosks at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility

Post Date:January 30, 2018 12:22 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

January 30, 2018

Media Contacts:

Monique J. Damiano, Strategic Communications Specialist
City of Fort Lauderdale
(954) 828-5942 or mdamiano@fortlauderdale.gov

Michael Silva, Public Affairs Liaison
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
786-354-5055 or Michael.silva@cbp.dhs.gov

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) is the first General Aviation airport in the nation to introduce FXE CUSTOMS APC 118 273 Automated Passport Control (APC) self-service kiosks at its onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility. The new APC kiosks expedite entry into the U.S. through an automated process that eliminates the need to handwrite a Customs Declaration form and assists passengers via a self-service kiosk to declare their citizenship, present their documents, and complete the administrative portion of the process. Passengers will still speak to a CBP officer, keeping in mind that utilizing the kiosk does not exempt passengers and any articles accompanying them from foreign countries from being inspected or examined by a CBP officer.

U.S. citizens and Canadians, as well as travelers that reside in one of the Visa Waiver Program countries, are eligible to use the APC kiosks. To use the kiosks, travelers input the same information they would enter on a Customs Declaration form into a kiosk, scan their passport and fingerprints, confirm their flight number, and take a photo. The kiosk will provide a receipt that travelers then present to a CBP officer at the check-out point. The APC kiosks will process travelers who reside at the same address together. 

There is no charge to use the new kiosks and pre-registration or membership is not required; however, Visa Waiver Program travelers must have Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTA) approval and have visited the U.S. after 2008.

In addition to being the first General Aviation airport in the U.S. to introduce APC kiosks, Executive Airport was also the first General Aviation airport to introduce a Global Entry kiosk, which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to expedite entrance into the U.S. upon arrival. Both the APC and Global Entry kiosks provide substantial economic incentives for airport tenants and give FXE a competitive advantage that further strengthens its position as the premiere General Aviation airport in the nation. 

About U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.  For more information, visit www.cbp.gov.

About Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) serves as a gateway for executive and private aircraft traveling to and from the Caribbean, South America, and other international airports. The Airport houses more than 1,050 aircraft and handles nearly 170,000 takeoffs and landings per year, ranking it as one of the top five busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. A variety of amenities and services are available at FXE including four full-service, fixed-base operators, a 24-hour Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Tower, U.S. Customs and Border Protection with Global Entry and Automated Passport Control kiosks, 24-hour aircraft rescue and firefighting station, a Fort Lauderdale police substation and 24-hour security. The Airport also owns and operates a 200-acre Industrial Airpark, Foreign-Trade Zone #241, and the John Fuhrer Helistop.  For more information, visit www.flyfxe.com.  

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