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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Customs overwhelmed at Fort Lauderdale airport

Customs overwhelmed at Fort Lauderdale airport

International passenger traffic has sharply increased at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the past three years – and so have waiting times to move through U.S. Customs. It's so bad that at peak times some passengers end up sitting in their planes for an hour before they can even enter the Customs area of the airport, because it is so crowded. When there aren't enough gates available for incoming flights from overseas, planes are parked on the ramp and the passengers must be bused to the terminal. Consider : •The number of people waiting at least an hour to clear Customs soared from 50,764 in 2012 to 127,863 through September of this year,...