App of the Week – Mobile Passport

Published On March 13, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

Traveling outside the country can be a real hassle. You start and end your trip at a crowded airport getting jostled by other travelers while hauling your luggage with you. And getting through customs can sometimes take forever. That is why Mobile Passport is the App of the Week.

Mobile Passport is a product of the U.S. government, the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to be exact. The app is set up with the cooperation of the Airports Council International.

The app is pretty simple to use and is in use at 25 airports and three cruise ports. The first step is setting up your profile. This of course means your name and other personal data to include birthday and other information found on your passport. You can even set up profiles for the whole family. The information is encrypted and only shared with the CBP.

The next step is providing information about your trip. Where you been, what you did, etc. Make sure your information is accurate.

Next, once you arrive back in the U.S., log on to the airport WiFi and submit your information.  Remember, when you submit your information you are confirming under penalty of law that your information is correct. Within a few seconds, you will receive a CBP receipt with an encrypted barcode. Your receipt will be valid for 4 hours.

Then simply follow the Mobile Passport Control signs to the designated Mobile Passport Control line. Show your passport to the CBP officer and scan the barcode on the CBP receipt. It’s that simple…most of the time. As with any government service there will always be some hiccups. For example; sometimes the system is down.

The app can be used at the following airports ad cruise ports; Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale cruise port, Houston and Houston Hobby, Los Angeles, Miami cruise port, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacremento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa and West Palm Beach cruise port.

This app can be a great asset when traveling outside the U.S. African-Americans spent $63 billion dollars in 2018 alone on travel. So making sure your return home is as smooth as possible is a great comfort. Mobile Passport is free and available for Apple and Android.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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