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60,000 border agents face furloughs

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Cyphase
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The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts. Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time. David Aguilar, the agency's deputy commissioner, said it must cut about $754 million by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

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Rome Alone

An investigation has begun at Manchester airport after an 11-year-old boy boarded a flight to Rome without a passport, boarding card or ticket, by apparently tagging on to another family.

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Easter reminder: Kinder Eggs banned in the United States

Not all eggs are created equal in the eyes of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Kinder Eggs, a popular European chocolate egg that contains a toy inside, is banned from importation into the United States because it contains a "non-nutritive object embedded in it."

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Visitors to declare illegal porn to customs officers

Posted October 19th, 2010 by Ben
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VISITORS have been ordered to reveal illegal pornography to customs officers in a move which has been criticised as "totally confusing" and an invasion of privacy.

Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor said that illegal material must be declared on arrival, watering down recent rules that asked for all pornography to be revealed.

But he said anyone who is not sure whether they have illegal pornography should reveal it just in case. The revamped rule is outlined on arrival cards which are filled in by travellers coming to Australia.

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What happens when you refuse to answer a passport officer's questions

Posted September 11th, 2010 by phonon
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“Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.

“None of your business,” I said.

Her eyes widened in disbelief.

“Excuse me?” she asked.

“I’m not going to be interrogated as a pre-condition of re-entering my own country,” I said.

This did not go over well.

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Customs to pilots: We hear you!

Posted May 21st, 2010 by Pilot_MKN
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(This article is full of horse poo...and its from an agency that is supposedly there to promote aviation and protect pilots from crap like this) Because pilots have complied with eAPIS requirements, customs officials are listening to their suggestions and developing enhancements to make the online filing application easier to use.

“We underestimated how much pilots follow rules,” said Eric Rodriguez, customs program manager for private aircraft and general aviation.

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Woman Finds Loaded Gun in Airport Bathroom Left by the Fed

Posted January 17th, 2010 by Fizzul
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A woman found a loaded handgun in the airport bathroom after she went through the security checkpoint. Turns out a fed agent left it there.

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U.S. Adds Drones to Fight Smuggling

"To help spot and track smugglers, the Homeland Security Department is expanding its use of drones, the unmanned aircraft widely used in Iraq and other war zones, beyond the Mexican and Canadian borders to the Caribbean and possibly other seas."

"Homeland Security officials praised the aircraft as a safe and important tool that over land has contributed to the seizing of more than 22,000 pounds of marijuana and the apprehension of 5,000 illegal immigrants."

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