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Thread: USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

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    thomasj is offline
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    USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

    I've heard grumbles before, but seems to now be slated to start end of 2020.
    According to the tourism bureau anyways....

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

    Patiently and cautiously awaiting...

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    Bart -my real name- is offline
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    Re: USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

    This will be great, but if you have Global Entry, you already breeze through Customs and Immigration in the US. And if you have checked bags, the time you'd spend in line waiting to show your passport is now replaced by waiting at baggage claim for your bags. To fully realize the benefits of Pre Clearance or Global Entry you need to have carry-on only, otherwise you'll just end up waiting around in a different part of the airport.

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    thomasj is offline
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    Re: USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bart -my real name- View Post
    This will be great, but if you have Global Entry, you already breeze through Customs and Immigration in the US. And if you have checked bags, the time you'd spend in line waiting to show your passport is now replaced by waiting at baggage claim for your bags. To fully realize the benefits of Pre Clearance or Global Entry you need to have carry-on only, otherwise you'll just end up waiting around in a different part of the airport.
    Good points.
    the way I see it, this would still be a huge win in that pre-clearance will be especially useful for those travellers connecting to other cities in the US and Canada as any checked luggage will go on to the final destination and you don't need to clear baggage in the hub cities and also will prevent a lot of mis-connections. Obviously some hubs are better than others i.e. Atlanta is pretty streamlined and straightforward however Miami is currently a huge nightmare as it can take up to 2 hours to clear customs and bags and then make way to connecting flight.
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    andynap is online now
    SBH Insider Joined: Oct 2002 Philadelphia Posts: 43,594

    Re: USBC Preclearance coming to SXM!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bart -my real name- View Post
    This will be great, but if you have Global Entry, you already breeze through Customs and Immigration in the US. And if you have checked bags, the time you'd spend in line waiting to show your passport is now replaced by waiting at baggage claim for your bags. To fully realize the benefits of Pre Clearance or Global Entry you need to have carry-on only, otherwise you'll just end up waiting around in a different part of the airport.
    I would rather get my bags from SB Commuter in a small airport than travel the length and depth of the airport in the US (Philly) to go thru customs and immigration. And this is going home not coming in.


    Andy

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