Dutch-US authorities to speed up air travel

20th May 2008, Comments 1 comment

The argeement aims to speed up passport checks and is the first of its kind between the US and a foreign airport.

20 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Netherlands and the United States have signed an agreement intended to speed up passport checks for air passengers.

Gert Versluis, interim director of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, signed the document on behalf of the Dutch government during a ceremony at New York's John F Kennedy airport on Monday.
Faster passport checks are already in place at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport and will work alongside a new US system. Schiphol is the first foreign airport with which the US authorities are collaborating in this way.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • jim posted:

    on 23rd May 2008, 15:00:26 - Reply

    In 1989, the airport opened Europe's first permanent U.S. immigration desk, operated by U.S. authorities. Travelers can pass through checks before boarding their flights, avoiding congestion at airports in New York, Boston and Atlanta
    Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.) facilities are available for immigration inspection of passengers travelling to the United States from Shannon Airport. The facility is located in the departures lounge.

    Once a passenger has been inspected and admitted to the U.S., it will be necessary for security reasons, for them to remain in the sterile gate lounge area until boarding their aircraft.