News organizations have repeatedly reported on flight delays due to the cutback of air traffic controllers. Consequently, Congress has taken some action to try and remedy the situation. However, no one has reported on long harassing delays at immigration desks at major airports. Recently I came back from an overseas trip and waited 1-1/2 hours in the “U.S. Citizens” Customs line at MIA.
Friends coming from Europe with three young children had to wait 2-1/2 hours in immigration lines after a 9-1/2 hour flight. After such long waits, luggage is removed from the carousel and is on the floor, making retrieving bags another harrowing experience. Is this the welcome that we want to give to visitors to our country?
Laurent de Jaham, Doral