POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 12:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 1:19pm
EL PASO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have added two new pedestrian Ready Lane kiosks to the Paso Del Norte (PDN) international crossing at the El Paso port of entry. Similar to the existing vehicle Ready Lanes, any traveler with an approved document that has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can use the lane for a faster border crossing.
Documents that may be used in the Ready Lanes are: the U.S. passport card, trusted traveler cards (SENTRI/ FAST/Global Entry) and the newer versions of the legal permanent resident and laser visa/border crossing cards issued after 2008. All travelers over 16 years of age must possess an RFID-enabled card to use the lanes. The kiosks will also accept U.S. passports.
“These kiosks provide CBP with the ability to leverage existing technology to speed up processing times for pedestrian border crossers,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. “We continue to strive to create systems which further enhance border security and gain efficiencies.”
CBP installed two new kiosks at the PDN crossing this week. CBP officers will spend the next few days educating border crossers on how to use the new kiosks and directing them to the appropriate lanes, which are located on the west side of the inspection area adjacent to the pedestrian inspection gates installed last year.
When a traveler approaches the kiosk they will scan their document, allowing it to be read electronically before they approach the inspection booth. This allows the CBP officer to receive the traveler’s information in advance, allowing for faster processing while enhancing overall security.
CBP officers need real-time access to a traveler’s information to make a rapid and thorough admissibility decision. By receiving the information in advance after the traveler scans their own document at the kiosk, the CBP officer can focus on the individual instead, improving officer safety and allowing for faster processing.
Vehicle Ready Lanes have proven effective at improving throughput by 20-25 percent which translates into shorter overall crossing times, benefiting travelers.
CBP continues to strongly encourage travelers to obtain RFID-enabled travel documents to expedite their entry to the U.S. and to help make the border crossing process more efficient. Travelers who have one of the RFID-enabled secure travel documents may use both the new pedestrian and the existing vehicle Ready Lanes.