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Travel Industry Blames Long Customs Lines for Financial Losses

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Travel industry spokespeople say they’re going to lose 95 billion dollars over the next 5 years, and the slow pace at which US Customs processes incoming visitors is to blame.

Travel industry spokespeople say the US is going to lose out on 95 billion dollars over the next 5 years, and the slow pace at which US Customs and Border Protection processes incoming visitors is to blame.

The US Travel Association is asking the government to hire 3500 more people and upgrade their technologies to better accommodate international travelers entering the US.

In April wait times at the Miami International Airport reached 4.68 hours, beating the 4.48 hour record set at JFK in December of 2012.

Miami airport workers have had to start handing out water, and the facility felt it necessary to install televisions in an attempt to entertain those stuck in long lines.

Visitors subjected to the ridiculously long lines and delays are vulnerable to missing connecting flights as well as having a generally dismal impression of US vacations.

Fallout from delayed arrivals and bad word of mouth were factored into the 95 billion dollar lost spending figure.

The Association feels that if US Customs and Border Protection could get the line moving and hit a 30 minute per person entrance average, the financial hit could be averted.