Nick Wilson: The Nightmare Of Airport Screens At The Border

Now that flights from Canada and Mexico are again taking off and landing safely at U.S. airports, hundreds of thousands of travelers are encountering a frustrating experience when trying to re-enter the country after…

Nick Wilson: The Nightmare Of Airport Screens At The Border

Now that flights from Canada and Mexico are again taking off and landing safely at U.S. airports, hundreds of thousands of travelers are encountering a frustrating experience when trying to re-enter the country after crossing the border. Many are frustrated, and even frightened, after learning that the Statue of Liberty is closed to newcomers.

Lost on the national conversation has been the nightmare of airport checkpoint security, where long lines, mishandled forms and tears are as commonplace as luggage. The outcry is likely to grow as Thursday’s deadline for completing exit forms approaches. The State Department says no one has needed a visa in recent weeks. The U.S. has yet to notify family and friends abroad. Travelers seeking passport approval must fill out lengthy forms which request personal information. The heavily-anticipated anti-terror screening program U.S. Customs and Border Protection called U.S. Visas, and Departures began Friday for a select number of travellers. Plans are in place to extend the program to all citizens who enter the country on nonimmigrant visas by mid-November. We asked us to explain why travellers need the exit form. And what happens if someone doesn’t fill it out?

Nick Wilson is a political reporter at Business Insider. As a national security reporter, he covers the threats facing the U.S. for the site, which is owned by Fox News.

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