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The worst immigration experiences we've had were back in the 90s at LAX & Miami - in both cases down to simply having insufficient staff around to handle multiple incoming big jets, leading to people getting cross & rude, with predictable response from officialdom. If anything, since 9/11, although the processes have gotten more complicated, I've found the staff to be friendly & welcoming - hopefully this will continue now the Transportation Security Administration have taken over responsibility for airports.
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 I didn't realise so many locals travelled to the States.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pants 2 Tight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2011 at 5:14pm
Originally posted by Nico Nico wrote:

If anything, since 9/11, although the processes have gotten more complicated, I've found the staff to be friendly & welcoming
I went to New York on business 6 weeks after 11/9 and it was hell. We all understood why it was so bad so we just toughed it out and didn't moan but the officials were horrible, just horrible. They treated us like cattle.

There were so many complaints and horror stories emerging that changes were eventually made to the processes and personnel training but it's still a chore to get through.

It's so much nicer if they just smile once in a while.
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depends on the airport - JFK a nightmare and staff generally rude. Newark is great plus the journey into Manhatten is much much easier
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Originally posted by born and bred born and bred wrote:

 I didn't realise so many locals travelled to the States.
 
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All the Eastern Airports are very slow i have never had issues on Internal flights though and I do that a bit.
 
Germany is getting easier now. I go there once a week and it is getting almost walk through, eathrow on the other hand.. last Friday 58 minutes at T1 ..
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Originally posted by born and bred born and bred wrote:

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The immigration stories put me off.  Prefer Italy.


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I might add that I've had very good experiences flying into San Francisco. The Immigration Officer was particularly friendly. He wished me a happy St Patrick's Day and recommended things for me to see in that wonderful city. Am going to fly into San Diego airport in a couple of days. Will report back on the welcome there.
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san diego airport approach is great,  you come in low and fast, and just above the roof lines of local properties ...- you can see the residents reading their newspapers -you are that close....
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