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Customs and Border Protection Gives Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport An Upgrade

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SAN JUAN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently installed a new Federal Inspection Station at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.

The $6 million station uses advanced technology and allows passengers to move through a single point of control, speeding up entry to the island.

It incorporates 14 Automatic Passport Control kiosks designed to expedite the entry process for U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Visa Waiver Program eligible international travelers, and travelers entering with a B1/B2 or D visa.

It can process 400 passengers hourly from five airlines.

“The streamlining of immigration and customs processes, together with the diversification of infrastructure and services available upon arrival to the Island, contribute to Puerto Rico remaining at the forefront of tourism trends and making us a world-class destination in the Caribbean, ” Carla Campos, executive director of the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico, said. “A pleased guest is our best spokesperson to carry the message that Puerto Rico is an excellent choice for vacations or business trips.”

The inauguration ceremony was attended by CBP’s San Juan Area Port, the Puerto Rico Port Authority, the City of Carolina municipal government, Jet Blue Airways, Aerostar Airport Holdings, and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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