First passport clearance facility with facial recognition opens at MIA

Officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Miami International Airport´s newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international arrivals, the company said.

The facility is the first in the country completely dedicated to providing expedited passport screening via facial recognition. The new technology verifies a travelers´ identity by matching a traveler to the document they are presenting.

Since launching the facial recognition pilot program in November, the Concourse E facility has been screening as many as 10 passengers per minute. In addition to providing the latest in expedited passport screening technology, the new facility reduces the walking distance for Concourse E and F passengers who previously only had access to the Concourse D passport hall – decongesting one of the country´s busiest arrivals facilities in the process as well.

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other US airport, is America´s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top US airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of USD 33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA´s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at