Travel With Annita is on every other Saturday from 1-2pm: Listen Live!
Home / Travel News / Airport Customs – Hurry up and wait!

Airport Customs – Hurry up and wait!

 

IMG_1214Nothing brings out your good manners to be patient like the long lines for customs at our nation’s largest airports.  You can only wait!  And, please – No unwanted attention to yourself in this situation.

Our airports are busy, busy and long waits are nothing new.  An article from Business Insider states that in May of 2013, of our largest airports,  JFK’s Terminal 4 had the longest average daily peak time wait at an unbelievable 93 minutes.

After a long flight you’re ready to stretch your legs, but not in a long line for customs, where your wait may be a fourth of the time it took you to fly home.  Just a year before, the wait time at the same JFK terminal was 24 minutes less.  Are more people traveling or is this part of the Federal staffing cuts?  Either way, the lines are long and patience is short.  How does your airport rate?

Airport peak wait times at customs May 2013 versus May 2012

Airport Average Daily Peak Wait Time May 2013 Change Average Wait Time May 2012 Change Processed Arrivals Change
JFK Terminal 4 93.8 34.6% 35.9 26.6% 3,254,330 5.7%
Miami North Concourse 75.1 23% 30.2 18.6% 4,407,006 1.6%
Miami South Concourse 72.7 18.8% 32.9 18.9% 1,772,050 10.7%
DFW Main Terminal 67 41.4% 25.4 42.2% 1,786,157 13.8%
Chicago O’Hare 63.6 11.5% 23.3 10.1% 2,591,657 -0.6%
Orlando Airside 1 57.2 41.6% 25.5 34% 509,932 50.1%
Orlando Airside 4 56.7 3.3% 35.6 11.1% 423,569 -22.4%
Houston (IAH) 55.3 0.9% 21.9 3.8% 2,524,803 -0.5%
EWR Terminal B 51.3 5.7% 21.3 12.3% 1,786,088 -6.3%
SFO Terminal G 51.1 6.4% 24.8 9.4% 1,504,823 4.9%
LAX Bradley Terminal 47.2 5.7% 21.7 17.9% 2,957,861 -2.8%
Washington Dulles 45.8 17.9% 15.1 23% 1,934,889 0.7%
Las Vegas Terminal 2/3 44.9 14.1% 23.8 14.8% 489,591 6.6%
Atlanta New Terminal (F) 38.8 -25.3% 13.9 -33.4% 1,608,385 1221.3%
Seattle 34.4 26% 13.7 29.8% 780,386 9.8%
Atlanta Old Terminal (E) 22.9 -48% 8.3 -45.5%$ 1,121,153 -54.9%
Atlanta New Terminal (F) 38.8 -25.3% 13.9 -33.4% 1,608,385 1221.3%


Note:  Wait times are in minutes.  Sources:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Business Insider

 

About Annita

Check Also

Toothpaste banned from the carry-on bag

Toothpaste!  Who knew that toothpaste would be the next water based item to get the …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.