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Fly faster? Houston one of the first airports to get new electronic customs system

Fly faster? Houston one of 1st airports to get new electronic customs

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is entering the digital age this week, dropping the paper versions of I-94 forms that international visitors are required to complete prior to arrival at the airport or sea port (the ones that inevitably have too few boxes). 

The CBP promises that this will allow quicker, easier, more streamlined access for travelers visiting the United States legally, by generating records of admission based on electronic traveler information that the government agencies already have — and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is one of the first markets where the program will roll out, along with Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Las Vegas Airport, Chicago O'Hare and Miami International Airport. 

"In addition to saving millions of dollars for both CBP and the travel and tourism industry, automating the I-94 and going paperless will save valuable time for both travelers and CBP officers," Thomas S. Winkowski, acting CBP commissioner, said in a statement.