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Midway Unveils Automated Passport System



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    Passengers arriving from Toronto use the new Automated Passport Control machines at Midway.

    Processing through international flight at Chicago's Midway International Airport is about to get a little easier.

    The airport unveiled the Automated Passport Control (APC) program Wednesday, self-serve kiosks designed to help travelers move through the U.S. customs clearance process more quickly.

    Passengers are able to fill out a series of questions at the touch-screen kiosks instead of filling out a declaration form.

    Three airlines at Midway -- Southwest, Porter and Volaris -- offer international flights.

    O'Hare International Airport was the first in the country to use the machines, and Chicago will be the only city with two airports using the system.

    Officials say wait times at O'Hare have decreased by 27.5 percent since installing the system.

    The system only works with U.S. and Canadian passports.