Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Our Neighborhood

LAX Offers New Security Kiosks

LAX has a new way for travelers returning to the U.S. to get through customs. ATVN's Madison Mills reports.

LAX has revealed their new security kiosks for checking into the U.S. from international flights in an innovative and efficient way.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Federal Customs Officer Hoffman, and the Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Emergency management were all present at the big unveiling.

The new kiosks can be used by up to 40 passengers at once. The goal is to significantly speed up the customs process. The process should take only 60 seconds. 

After passengers manually submit their information and scan their passports, the kiosk prints a receipt, which is then checked by a customs official.

There are mixed reactions to the new procedure, and some passengers worry that their safety will be jeopardized by reducing a face-to-face customs interaction with these new machines. 

On the other hand, Garcetti believes that this process is more secure. He thinks that since passengers will be inputting their own information, there is less room for error compared to when customs officials would be putting it in themselves. "They can focus on making sure this information is correct and spotting anything that looks out of the ordinary." 

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.