Passengers travelling to the United States from Vancouver airport can scan their own passports in an effort to get passengers to clear customs more quickly, according to the Vancouver Airport Authority, but the new technology will not be available to Canadians for another month.
Under the system — called Automated Passport Control — travellers walk up to a self-serve kiosk, scan their U.S. passports, and answer customs declarations questions.
The process eliminates the need to fill out a declaration card, but passengers still need to speak to a U.S. customs officer for final clearance.
The program is the first-of-its-kind under a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Vancouver Airport Authority.
But for now, it's only available for those with a U.S. passport, said the Vancouver Airport Authority's Kevin Molloy.
"[We want to] get the support and buy-in of all the frontline officers and make sure they fully understand the implications of the technology," Molloy said.
The system should be available for Canadians by the end of the month, he added.