U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A US government official with the State Department's Passport Services reaches for a new blank US Passport. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Smartphone App Could Speed O’Hare Passport Lines

The free Mobile Passport Control app was developed for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It allows travelers to plug in their passport information and submit customs declaration forms before arrival.


Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Chicago made a first-in-nation pest discovery when they intercepted Phyllotreta vittula Redtenbacher (Chrysomelidae) while inspecting a shipment of rhubarb stems from the Netherlands. (Credit: U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Customs Agents Find Invasive Beetle At Port Of Chicago

For the first time ever, Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a certain type of destructive beetle that was poised to enter the United States. In this case, through the Port of Chicago.


Customs agents seized 100 pounds of the leafy green stimulant khat, which was shipped in boxes marked "topographical drawings," when the package reached Philadelphia from Paris, en route to Chicago. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Feds Seize 100 Pounds Of Illegal Stimulant ‘Khat’ Bound For Chicago

Customs agents seized 100 pounds of an illegal stimulant headed for Chicago, when the package was intercepted at Philadelphia International Airport, because the box felt too heavy to be what the label suggested it was.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

New Technology Frees Up Customs Agents To Focus On O’Hare Security

On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot looked at how technology is freeing up resources at O’Hare airport to focus on national security concerns.


A portable defibrillator (File photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Customs Agents Save Passenger’s Life At O’Hare

U.S. Customs agents at O’Hare International Airport helped save the life of a man who collapsed on Sunday.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2012


Inspectors Comb Shipped Flowers For Dangerous Pests

O’Hare International Airport is among the top 10 destinations for flowers from all over the world at this time of year, and the the pressure is on the inspectors keeping their eyes out for tiny would-be terrorists in the shipments.

WBBM Newsradio–02/10/2012

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at O'Hare International Airport confiscate potentially harmful meat and plant products, because certain plant and meat products can carry dangerous bugs and diseases. (Credit: CBS)

Customs Officers On Watch For Guns, Drugs And … Food?

Guns and drugs are not the only items being seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Federal agents are going after smuggled goods that could bring foreign bugs and diseases into the United States.

CBS 2–11/09/2011

Agents discovered a live Vietnam-era M49A1 Trip Flare incendiary device in the mail at O'Hare International Airport. The device was being shipped to Japan. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Live Military Flare Found In Package At O’Hare

A live Vietnam era military “trip flare” – an incendiary device capable of reaching a temperature of nearly 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit – was found in a package being shipped through O’Hare International Airport to Japan last week.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

Mexican Artifact

Customs Agents Find 2,000-Year-Old Mexican Artifact In Shipment

U.S. Customs officials in Chicago have discovered that a Mexican figurine that was set to be shipped to Canada was actually a 2,000-year-old pre-Columbian artifact.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Rambo, a U.S. Cusoms and Border Protection canine at the International Mail Facility near O'Hare International Airport, has helped intercept hundreds of drug shipments. (Credit: U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

‘Rambo’ Foils Drug Smugglers At O’Hare

Rambo didn’t need any guns to stop three shipments of opium from being smuggled through O’Hare Airport this month. Of course, this Rambo isn’t an action movie star, he’s a drug-sniffing dog for U.S. Customs.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2011

O'Hare International Airport

Radiation From Japan Detected At O’Hare Airport

Federal officials say flights from Japan have been screened as a precaution but no passengers have been contaminated.


(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Chicago Customs Officials To Inspect Millions Of Flowers This V-Day

When you bury your face in a sweet-smelling bouquet from your valentine this Monday, take a second to thank … the trained flower inspectors with U.S. Customs and Border Protection? Actually, yes.