Frequent fliers know the drill. You’re already late for a flight out of YVR to the U.S. when you find yourself stuck in a massive lineup waiting to clear U.S. customs and immigration. As the minutes tick away, the line crawls forward.
Those days may soon thankfully be a thing of the past. Self-service kiosks for Canadians traveling to the U.S. are scheduled to be introduced at the Vancouver International Airport by the end of May. The service is already available for Americans flying to the U.S. out of the airport.
The automated kiosks are similar to those already in place for Canadians returning to Canada, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Those were introduced in 2009, during airport overhauls prior to Vancouver’s Olympic Games, and have succeeded in significantly reducing delays. Passengers simply scan their passport, then feed their customs declaration into the machine, which spits out a copy for display to a waiting border agent.