Well me and Alice just returned from our 7th trip to Aruba in the last 2 years and I have to hand it to the men and women at the US Customs station at Aruba Airport..they have done a 180 degree turn around in the last 2 years...we used to have to wait over 1 hour in previous years....recently only 10 minutes, even on a Saturday!
Their new Disney world bank lines and number calling system is top notch.. I spoke to the Kernal in charge of the operation (real good guy - though he is a Yankees fan) and he really keeps the line moving. KUDOS to a job well done! I only wish the Aruba officials would catch on to the techniques.
the final inspection/turn in customs declaration.............us customs back in august 2010 reconfigured the lines. it is now one weaving line thru, like a bank teller line.
when you get to the front and it is "your turn" the us customs agent either lights a light or makes some kind of a motion to summon you to the correct agent.
this was implemented last summer 2010.
i never associated it with a disney set up.......i associate it as a really long bank teller line ;-)
there were NO numbers called. there are no numbers absolutely not like waiting at the deli counter in the grocery store.
We were at the airport yesterday at 1pm - at the gate at 1:30pm! Traveling on a Monday makes a huge difference I've heard but this was fast even for a Monday. No lines at Jet Blue, no lines at either customs. I was a little nervous as I had only planned on two hours at the airport as we always travel on Monday and have never had a problem. However, Jet Blue made an annoucement before we got off the plane to make sure we were at the airport 3 hours before our departure time - hmmmm. But I stuck with the original plan and it was perfect.
Thanks, very much, Andrea. I knew that I could count on you for an answer. Also, thanks to the others for their comments comments. Now, I know my answer.
Enjoy the Spring...not quite here...morning 39F...dropped from 80F yesterday; with a promise of MORE showers and even cooler temperatures over the weekend. Odd, with all the Cherry Blossoms, and other blossoms all over the place.
I returned from Aruba yesterday afternoon and have to agree that the lines and wait thru customs was minimal. It really helps to reduce the stress. Logan/Boston was also quite well organized when we headed out.