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VIPA: Broken Ticket Spitter Means Travelers Must Go To Airport Three Hours Early

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Airline passengers are being advised to arrive at least two and a half to three hours earlier for flights departing from the Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas, according to the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA).

“Entrance to the terminal may be delayed during the high-traffic hours of 1:30 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. due to a malfunctioning ticket spitter,” VIPA said on Facebook. “A parking lot attendant will be stationed at the terminal’s entrance daily during high traffic hours to manually distribute parking tickets.”

The sole vendor for parking lot equipment in the Caribbean is based in Puerto Rico, which also sustained significant damages from hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

“This has caused a shortage of parking lot equipment,” VIPA said. “The vendor has assured the Authority that the equipment will be shipped as soon as it is available. VIPA thanks the traveling public for their continued patience as we work to rebuild our facilities.”

Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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