This app can help travelers flying to the United States skip the line at Toronto Pearson Airport

Those flying through Toronto Pearson International Airport to select US destinations may be able to avoid long lines at customs by using this app.

USCustoms and Border Protection (CBP)’s Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application allows eligible travelers to submit all necessary travel information, such as a passport form and customs declaration, prior to crossing the border.

According to CBPPassengers using this app can also store their information “so that it will be readily available for international travel in the future,” which could “reduce congestion” at customs.

Beginning August 30, travelers at two Canadian airports – Pearson and Montreal Trudeau International Airport – can use the mobile app for pre-clearance at customs or when they land in the US

Jade Horinga was heading to St. Louis, MO, on September 6, when I discovered the app on TikTok.

“I didn’t really know what to expect [or] “If it’s going to work, it’s been great,” Horinga told CTV News Toronto. “There was no one in the MPC line at Pearson and there was a huge line for customs, and we basically had to skip the whole line.”

How it works?

According to CBP, once the MPC app is downloaded, eligible travelers can digitally fill in their passport information.

Once everything is filled out, travelers can choose the airport and station they arrive at, take a selfie and answer a series of questions. The mobile application can also be used in seaports.

“It probably took me less than a minute to fill out the questions,” Horinga said. Then we got a receipt and that receipt was valid for four hours. We just showed the receipt to the officer and went.”

According to CBP, the receipt is an encrypted QR code that travelers can show to a customs officer for final inspection.

Up to 12 profiles can be created on the MPC app, so families from one household can only submit one form.

“It also eliminates the need for a declaration form because travelers can answer CBP screening questions electronically via their smartphone or tablet before they arrive at customs,” new version is reading.

At the moment, the app can only be used at the following 31 US airports:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport

  • Boston Logan International Airport

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

  • Daniel K. Airport Inoue Intl

  • Dulles International Airport

  • Denver International Airport

  • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • William P. Hobby Houston International Airport

  • Kansas City International Airport

  • Los Angeles International Airport

  • Miami International Airport

  • Minneapolis St Paul International Airport

  • John F Kennedy International Airport

  • Newark Liberty International Airport

  • Auckland International Airport

  • Orlando International Airport

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • Pittsburgh International Airport

  • Portland International Airport

  • Sacramento International Airport

  • San Diego International Airport

  • San Francisco International Airport

  • San Jose International Airport

  • San Juan Airport

  • Salt Lake City International Airport

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

  • Tampa International Airport

CBP says the program will expand to Vancouver on September 19.

How safe is it?

According to CBP, all travel documents submitted to the app are sent through “secure encryption protocols”.

“Information you enter into authorized applications is transmitted securely to CBP which sends a response to the applications, creating the electronic receipt that you show to the official.”

Travelers can choose to store their profile on their phones for future travel, or they can choose to delete it after their vacation.