The Economist’s Gulliver reports that Canada’s Automated Border Clearance program has been expanded to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), with installation of 18 machines. It was previously tested at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Anyone who has struggled with automated checkout machines at supermarkets, or angrily waited behind people who cannot operate them, knows that automated is not necessarily faster, but good news to try this out.
The system is open to holders of Canadian passports and permanent resident cards, they still need to fill out a declaration card, but in other respects it operates similarly to Global Entry in the US.
Similarities to Global Entry:
- Open to citizens and permanent residents
- Automated kiosks
- No registration form
- No registration fee
- No registration interview
- No renewal form
- No renewal fee
Hmmm…must be socialist terror like their health care. No wonder French-speaking Quebec is leading the expansion. The US better keep its hassle, fees, and limited access or it wouldn’t seem like an ideologically safe market solution. (yes, this paragraph is sarcasm)