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Three major Mexico airports launch biometric kiosk check-ins

Mexico City, Mexico — Three of Mexico’s most busy airports have launched the installation of the first digital biometric check-in kiosks in the country.

Flora Patricia Martínez, representative of the Ministry of the Interior on Tuesday, the airports of Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos inaugurated 100 kiosks that will serve to streamline the reception of the 48,000 passengers they receive each day.

The head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, said that these devices provide a faster, more comfortable and modern entry to national and international tourists to the country.

He said that of the 100 installed, 40 were at the International Airport of Mexico City distributed in the two terminals, 40 in the Cancun Terminal and 20 more in the Los Cabos Terminal.

These three airports, he said, account for 75 percent of the arrival by air of tourists to the country, “hence the importance of having channeled these airports.”

These kiosks will work with biometric data and will use the airline information to check passengers. While the machines are biometric, they do have the ability to read documents as well.

Head of the Ministry of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, mentioned that automation will provide security and facilitate the arrival of foreign and domestic tourists to the country.

“It would not make sense to continue investing in more spaces at airports or in more migration agents. That is a subject that we can attend in another way,” he added.

De la Madrid said that this is the beginning for other investments of more kiosks in the different Mexican airports.

The commissioner of the National Institute of Migration, Gerardo García Benavente, explained that these devices have a system that uses biometric data through the lists of passengers provided by the airlines.

He said that the 100 kiosks offer seven languages, as well as accessibility for people with different disabilities.

The head of the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), Miguel Peláez, said that with the innovation of automated registration of passengers, immigration procedures are streamlined, with the main beneficiaries being passengers.

The automated registration of passengers will expedite the immigration procedures, cutting the time in half. Airport officials say passengers using the kiosks can be checked in within two and-a-half minutes.