Call to speed up lengthy delays at US airports
LONG waits at US airports are hurting more than just passengers. A new poll of 1,200 overseas travellers to the US found that 44pc would not visit again in the next five years because of the country's entry process.
This follows the release of a report earlier this month that concluded that the average wait for international passengers during peak travel times at major airports is between three and five hours.
One in seven overseas visitors, it said, had missed a connecting flight to a US destination because of "delays in the entry process at their initial arrival airport". Another 2.7 million international travellers, or about 9pc of potential trips, avoid visiting the US altogether because of the entry process.
The average overseas visitor spends about $4,500 (€3,338) per trip in the US, so bringing the initial inspection process down to 30 minutes or less would result in a surge in visitors that could generate about $3.5bn for the US economy and create 24,000 jobs annually.
The US Travel Association has submitted an open letter to Congress, signed by an array of senior travel executives, calling for the speedy reform of the system on the back of the findings.