If you are traveling through John F. Kennedy International Airport, a new cellphone system will tell you how long you have to wait in line. The airport recently installed Blip Systems wireless beacons that record, encrypt, and timestamp the MAC address of smartphones and tablets with active wireless and Bluetooth capabilities.
International travelers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport are experiencing shorter wait times in customs. Officials credit the deployment of self-serve kiosks at the airport, which allow passengers to use a touch screen to answer questions and then take a printed receipt to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent for final processing. "What we were finding is the processing really was a bottleneck for us," said Patricia Ornst, Delta Air Line's director of state and local government affairs in New York. "Passengers as they were coming off planes were having just to wait in these terrible, long lines."
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York has installed automated passport kiosks to reduce wait times for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Delta Air Lines purchased the kiosks, and began testing the process on Monday. "If all goes well, we'll go fully live on Wednesday," Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.
Delta stepped up to purchase automated-passport technology on the way for John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new system could slash wait times by up to 40%, according to Kevin McAleenan, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official. It is already available -- and has gotten rave reviews -- at Chicago's O'Hare airport.