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Arubalisa
10-28-2009, 08:14 AM
"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 (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."

Randi
10-28-2009, 08:23 AM
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!:eek::eek::eek: 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

Andrea J.
10-28-2009, 08:49 AM
thanks for finding that article lisa

fattypatty
10-28-2009, 09:17 AM
i heard they get to live on the island for 2-3 years while on rotation....that's SWEET!

Andrea J.
10-28-2009, 09:57 AM
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.

andrea

hstvns
10-28-2009, 11:15 AM
I'd like to try the job for a few years until I retire!!!

damnyankeeuk
10-28-2009, 12:01 PM
I'll even give then a break in the salary for that job!

Eagle Beach Boy
10-29-2009, 07:53 AM
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.

Eagle Beach Boy
10-29-2009, 08:49 AM
From Amigoe.com/english
” 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.

purpleangel
10-29-2009, 09:40 AM
I went through customs in the U.S. upon arriving home from Barbados a few years ago. One word - NIGHTMARE. :eek:

danadog56
10-29-2009, 12:21 PM
Well....we will be leaving for Aruba on Sunday...WHOOOOOPPPPPPEEEEEEE...:D:D.sorry I digress....and I will make sure to see if it slows us down any longer than usual....I never really felt there was a delay getting onto the island, but usually the problem is getting off. Even with the new cattle call lines they initiated last year it still seems like there is not enough customs agents getting folks through, but I always look on the bright side...if I miss the plane then I have to stay another day.....even if I have to go through it again the next it still gives me 1 more day on the island...problem is...I've never missed my flight d/t customs....maybe this year I'll get lucky !:):)!!!!

silverfox82
10-30-2009, 07:07 AM
This year I have gone thru Aruba preclearance, took a very long time and others missed their flights and in the US, JFK @ international arrivals and it was a breeze. Luck of the draw I guess.

islandj
11-02-2009, 08:45 AM
Little tip about Preclearance. Saturday is the busiest day to fly, if you want to breeze through you need to fly on a Wed. thats the slowest day, or a week day. I know most people have timeshares and they go Sat to Sat so theres nothing you can do but get there early, have your paperwork filled out and do the processes.

DANNYO
11-02-2009, 05:40 PM
We went through US customs on Saturday 10/31/09 and had no wait at all.We forgot to take a bag from Aruba customs and they even had time to take DW to get it.

Chadd
11-08-2009, 02:08 AM
I breezed through the airport in record time on Saturday. ten minutes for passport inspection, right through security, killed some time at duty free, five minutes or less at customs and right through security again.