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    Exclamation U.S. Customs short-staffed at Aruban airport

    "U.S. Customs short-staffed at Aruban airport
    October 27, 2009, 08:49 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_64349.php

    ORANJESTAD - "There is a shortage of personnel with the customs of the United States at the airport of Aruba. We have informed Homeland Security, and we are waiting for a solution, "spokesman Hendrik Croes of Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) today informed the Amigoe.

    This staffing under the American Pre-clearance with regards the budget of Homeland Security in the United States, according to Croes. The organization is supposedly short of cash. "The staff has been cut down and that therefore also affects the American customs on Aruba. This will lead to longer queues and busier times at the terminal for a longer period ", said Croes.

    Even though this will have consequences for the activity on the airport, the spokesman said that AAA could not do anything about it. "The solution is not up to us, but in the hands of the American government. We will have to wait and see if additional personnel will arrive. "Nevertheless, Croes states that he is not concerned that the U.S. customs post is at risk, although it should eventually be removed entirely."

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    Thank you for the update. We love the US Customs in Aruba as this helps in being able to catch our connecting flight.

    We have travelled to Aruba via Toronto (being Canadian) and it is an absolute nightmare on our return home. Half the time we miss our connection home as we have to wait for our bags, then line up and go through customs and then put our bags onto the conveyor to be placed on the connecting plane and then have to go through security AGAIN and run to the plane! HORRIBLE

    Going through Customs in Aruba is so "civilized" although somewhat time consuming. So much easier when we arrive at our US city, don't need to pick up our bags just get on the next flight and then go through Canadian customs at home. PLEASANT
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    thanks for finding that article lisa

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    i heard they get to live on the island for 2-3 years while on rotation....that's SWEET!

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    the few people that i have met that work for us customs, assigned to aruba and they have told paul and i, that it is great for a while....then the novelty wears off.

    they probably get a bit stir crazy due to their work schedules and the small size of the island.

    but, the few that i have talked with at length have said the "us customs has a long waiting list of requests for transfer to aruba".

    other folks, the ones i have spoken too at the new brunswick/maine customs really have nothing positive to say about their assignment.

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    Aruba Customs

    I'd like to try the job for a few years until I retire!!!

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    I'll even give then a break in the salary for that job!

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    US Customs Short Staffed

    From Amigoe.com/english
    US customs short-staffed at Aruban airport
    27 Okt, 2009, 08:49 (GMT -04:00)

    ORANJESTAD — “There is a shortage of personnel with the customs of the United States at the airport of Aruba. We have informed Homeland Security, and we are waiting for a solution”, spokesman Hendrik Croes of Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) informed the Amigoe today.
    This understaffing with the American Pre-clearance regards the budget of Homeland Security in the United States, according to Croes. The organization is supposedly short of cash. “The staff has therefore been cut down and that also affects the American customs on Aruba. This will lead to longer queues and busier times at the terminal for a longer period”, said Croes.
    Even though this will have consequences for the activity on the airport, the spokesman said that AAA could not do anything about it. “The solution is not up to us, but in the hands of the American government. We will have to wait and see if additional personnel will arrive.” Nevertheless, Croes states that he is not concerned that the US customs post is at risk, although eventually it should be removed entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle Beach Boy View Post
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    ” Nevertheless, Croes states that he is not concerned that the US customs post is at risk, although eventually it should be removed entirely.


    Think what it will be like then.

    Immigration in the States.
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    I went through customs in the U.S. upon arriving home from Barbados a few years ago. One word - NIGHTMARE.

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