MiamiHerald / Face it, going through airport security is a vital, but time-consuming pain in the you-know-where.

Miami International Airport hopes that using new technology that is already familiar to millions of smartphone users could reduce some of the bother.

On Tuesday, MIA celebrated its newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international travelers. One of its main features: passport screening via facial recognition technology to verify travelers’ identities by matching them to the documents they present.

“While other airports and airlines are partnering with [U.S.] Customs and Border Protection to test biometric exit screening for departing flights, MIA has the first facility fully dedicated to biometric entry screening for international arrivals,” said Greg Chin, communications director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

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