Passport kiosks coming to Tampa airport

TAMPA, Florida - Officials at Tampa International Airport unveiled the latest tool to make life easier for international travelers: the Automated Passport Control kiosk.

The kiosks, unveiled Monday, will allow passengers to automatically go through the customs process after arriving from cities like London, Panama City, Toronto and Zurich. The program is run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. and Canadian travelers can use the new system, as can eligible travelers from other nations visiting the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program. Lawful permanent residents should be able to use the program by the end of the year.

The automated system is free and doesn't require travelers to pre-register or join the program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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