MIA To Add Biometric Security Lines, Automated Passport Kiosks For All Foreigners

Two new initiatives could soon help to lessen wait times for arriving and departing passengers at MIA.

Aviation officials have an agreement with CLEAR to provide accelerated security lines in the airport using biometric identity verification. For a $179 annual fee, travelers will spend less than 5 minutes on average in security lines.

MIA will receive rent and a percentage of revenue from CLEAR that is estimated to be $2.2 million over 5 years. The deal must still be approved by county commissioners.

Another improvement could come sometime towards the end of this year, when CBP might allow Automated Passport Control kiosks to be used by all nationalities. The kiosks are currently only open to U.S. residents or to citizens of  countries part of the Visa Waiver program. MIA has the highest percentage of travelers who arrive from non Visa Waiver countries in the U.S.

CBP is also testing a new program that allows U.S. and Canadian citizens to clear passport control through an app on their phone. That could also be coming to MIA by the end of the year.