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Thread: American Airlines early departure flight question

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    i just received a message from forum member who is a us customs employee.
    she said, it opens at 8, but many times it will open 15 minutes earlier.
    she also said, often times there are only 2 customs officers in the booth.

    (per her job rules she is not allowed to post anything job related on social media)

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    Tracey think about this... Thanksgiving dinner or time in Aruba? I would opt for a later flight and ask them to save leftovers.


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    With that info I would actually be there 3 plus hours early so I am first in line and not at the end somewhere....

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i just received a message from forum member who is a us customs employee.
    she said, it opens at 8, but many times it will open 15 minutes earlier.
    she also said, often times there are only 2 customs officers in the booth.

    (per her job rules she is not allowed to post anything job related on social media)









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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    With that info I would actually be there 3 plus hours early so I am first in line and not at the end somewhere....
    Are you related to my husband?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Tracey think about this... Thanksgiving dinner or time in Aruba? I would opt for a later flight and ask them to save leftovers.
    The key to flying into the DC airports during Thanksgiving, is doing whatever it takes to avoid traffic.
    Always planning our next trip
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    Cooler heads prevailed and we are going with the later flight. Price was right, decided not to wait for Southwest.

    Jon would want to get to the airport too early, we would be stressed at customs, it just made more sense not to rush ourselves the last day.
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    Is Richmond an option? I would think Thanksgiving day traffic would be pretty light just about any time around DC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Is Richmond an option? I would think Thanksgiving day traffic would be pretty light just about any time around DC.
    Yeah, that's why we picked Thanksgiving day to come home, the rest of that week is a nightmare. On Thursday, people are usually at their destination. Plus we want to be home for weekend festivities with family.

    Richmond would be an option of we were parking at the airport, but we already have our nonstop from Dulles so we need to come back to an area where we can reasonably take a taxi home.
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    Tracey, you have made the right choice! Wishing you and Jon a wonderful vacation!


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