Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Planning a Trip from DC to Anywhere in Europe (Budget Friendly)
  2. 2 Honeymoon In Italy - Itinerary Help?
  3. 3 Spain in 2018
  4. 4 Trip Report Paris November 2017
  5. 5 Which Aran Island??
  6. 6 London: Stunning New American Embassy
  7. 7 Driving from Bouzies to Figeac
  8. 8 Rent in Rome
  9. 9 Can only visit one (maybe two) cities. Which one?
  10. 10 August - Croatia, Italy, Malta
  11. 11 First time italy, 12 nights. What to do
  12. 12 Help me with an affordable hotel in Barcelona
  13. 13 Rome Hotel
  14. 14 Barcelona to Malaga
  15. 15 Looking for Paris Rental Apt.
  16. 16 1st Birthday Party in Italy questions
  17. 17 Moscow Hotels
  18. 18 Connecting trains in Chambery
  19. 19 Rentals in Madrid , Spain-Select
  20. 20 Greece -- Alternative to Athens
  21. 21 Four Nights in Nice--What should we do?
  22. 22 X-mas Eve dinner in Rome
  23. 23 Has Berlin Banned Vacation Rentals?
  24. 24 Is the scenery in South Italy worth the trip by train
  25. 25 Best area to stay in Amsterdam for a first time visitor
View next 25 » Back to the top

Coming home: sequestration, delays, and you

Jump to last reply

We travelers spend a lot of time worrying about connections and timing while in Europe.

On our recent trip to England and France, everything worked smoothly until we came home.

As a result of sequestration, Boston and Chicago passengers could no longer go through US Customs and Immigration in Dublin, though JFK passengers still could.

From landing at Logan (Boston), our Aer Lingus flight had to wait half an hour for a gate. Then from the time we left the aircraft until our driver met us on the street, it was an hour and a half. It took almost an hour for US passport holders to go through Immigration. Owing to sequestration, about a third of the stations were not operational.

The good news is that by the time we were through in Immigration, our luggage was just circulating on the conveyor. We grabbed the bags and headed for the exit as usual, landing cards in hand. But there was no informal "Easy Pass" exit, no equivalent of the Green Line in London. There was a long line that doubled up and down the hall. Every card was examined, every passenger questioned, except when once in a while the line would speed right up because a supervisor was previewing passengers and letting them through. But it was another 45 minutes from claiming the baggage to getting out.

There was plenty of hostility as people tried to jump the line, and there were plenty of passengers who were going to miss connections because the process took twice as long as normal, making a legal connection impossible.

I don't know if others have had this experience elsewhere or if it is limited to Logan, but it is a real difficulty for returning travelers who have onward flights as well as an enormous timewaster for many others and a terrible welcome to the United States for visitors from abroad. I shudder to think what this will be like if it extends into the peak season.

10 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement