Free mobile passport app makes going through PHL airport a lot easier

Paul Kurtz
March 30, 2019 - 4:00 am

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Steve Sapp


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Overseas passengers flying into Philadelphia are now able to cut down their time spent in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection line by using a free app that was rolled out this week.

Philadelphia International Airport is the 26th airport to offer Mobile Passport Control, an app that streamlines the traveler inspection process. 

Customs Bureau and Protections Steve Sapp says you can take care of all the paperwork on your smartphone or pad before getting off the plane.

"The passengers can enter all their basic administrative information,” he said. “For instance, they can supply a new trip, enter their arrival airport and airline information, take a selfie, answer some basic customs declaration questions and they have a QR code as a receipt that they just take to an officer, the officer scans it and they're on their way."

Another option is Automated Passport Control on kiosks at the inspection station. 

Sapp says you'll save about 15 to 20 minutes.