Connector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
That's all it takes folks to clear the customs these days at Vancouver International. A new iris scan technology is operational at YVR. For as much as $ 50 Canadian / year you will save an average 45 min each time you are arriving, departing or connecting trough Vancouver.
Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
Phil, depends on where you go. I've mostly been to Poland and there I don't even wait. Ah citizenship is grand. Then again, I never waited in the UK either. Down in the Dominican Republic it took like an hour to get to customs/ passport control but took us only a minute to clear. It all depends on what kind of passport you have and where you go.
"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
Cmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
If you use common sense when packing and when going through customs (i.e having your necessary documents out and at hand), you can pass through with no troubles. Its the people who cant seem to follow simple instructions that hold things up.
I mean secuirty checkpoint at our airports should take no more than 15mins to get through....but you always encounter someone who has to make it tough on every one.
BostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
I think people are confusing "customs inspection" with "immigration (passport) control". At some airports these are combined so it's not surprizing. Things like iris scans, fingerprint checks, or palm prints allow you to bypass having your identity checked at passport control, since they have these features stored in their computers and can compare your live scan with what is stored. You may still be subject to a customs or agriculture check however. Those are separate government agencies in the USA.
Arriving at Boston, you first have your passport scanned and are interviewed briefly by an INS agent (while he waits for your account to come up on the computer), then after claiming your bags (which get sniffed by a cute little beagle usually) you are either directed to the red/green area to a customs agent, or if you are arriving from certain countries, your bags may be directed to an agricultural examination area (your bags may go through a machine that sniffs for plant/animal materials).
One time I was the first person off a VS flight from London (which usually gets directed to the customs examiner) which had arrived just after an AZ flight from Milan. I guess passengers arriving from Italy are more likely to be bringing food, and my bags were grabbed by the agriculture agent and put into the sniffer machine. The sniffer machine effectively bypasses the customs examiner....when my bags came out the other end, I was told I could just leave. I tried to tell the agent who collects arrival cards at the door that I had (slightly) over the $400 limit...but he said "that's OK....just go".
Pmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
When I went to Iceland about four weeks ago theere essentially was no customs. I walked through the hall at Reykivic and they looked at my passport photo page, and waved me through. At Baltimore all the asked was "Where'd you come from?" "Iceland" "cool" And that was it.
Floris From Netherlands, joined Jun 2003, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
AMS has the same system. When you are traveling with hand luggage only, it saves you the 15 minute wait in the immigration line. If you are traveling with checked baggage, it obviously makes no sense at all.
Connector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
The initial link that I provided to a "Province" (newspaper) article related to the arrival of iris scan technology at YVR it's gone by now.
To clear up a bit the issue, here are some quotes from that article written by Lena Sin, highlighting advantages and restrictions of using this technology at Vancouver Airport:
"... allows preregistered travelers to pass through customs simply by looking into a camera that recognizes the irises of their eyes as proof of identity"
"... speeds up the customs process by taking people we know and people we trust out of the customs line."
"... intended to swiftly clear low-risk travelers and give customs officers more time to target higher-risk travelers"...
"Members insert their Canpass-Air (name of the program) cards into a machine, their irises are photographed, and they can enter Canada without further checks unless randomly selected for inspection. Taxes and duty can be paid using a credit card."
"Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are eligible to register with the program. Background checks are done, and only people with completely clean records will be allowed to enroll."
"... we will . . . make sure anyone [registered] has no infractions with police, CSIS, FBI, Interpol and customs ..."
" [IRIS SCAN TECHNOLOGY] ... It registers 240 data points, said Guy Lalonde of the information technology branch of Canada Customs. In contrast, fingerprints measure 80 data points."
"The chances of a false recognition are less than one in a million"
"[at YVR]...There are 1,500 members so far. The airport has four iris-recognition machines and the program cost $35 million."
Toronto is expected to implement Canpass-Air kiosks this fall and Montreal will have the program by spring 2004.