Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CBP Posts Estimated Border and Airport Wait Times

Many large cities have big signs showing travel times from Point A to Point B during rush hour traffic. Restaurants give you those vibrating disks with flashing red lights to alert customers that their table is ready. Some law enforcement agencies post active calls on the Internet. At some time, CBP joined the bandwagon and posts wait times at the Canadian and Mexican border crossings. They have probably been doing this for quite some time, but it’s not highly advertised on their web site.

The Border Wait Time table shows the estimated wait times for reaching the primary inspection booth, the first point of contact with CBP when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders. Each border location updates its estimated wait times hourly. You must use your browser’s refresh or reload function in order to obtain the most updated information.

Airport Wait Times are calculated a little differently and are not shown in real time like the BWT. CBP closely monitors the flight processing times, commonly referred to as wait times, for arriving flights at 23 of the busiest international airports. The flight processing time is the length of time from flight arrival to the time the last passenger on the flight is screened by CBP officers in the primary processing area.

Over the course of the day, incoming flights may not occur for extended periods of time due to variable flight arrival patterns. Wait times are calculated in hourly time intervals for all flights arriving at the airport/terminal shown. The CBP Airport Wait Times report displays only those time intervals during which at least one flight arrival was recorded. If no flights arrived during a particular time interval, that time interval will not appear in the report. This web site allows the user to select an airport, a month and day or days and retrieve average wait times based on the day or month selected.

So, if you are sitting in your car waiting to cross the border or need to know how long it might take to clear CBP at a major airport, you can pass the time by booting up the laptop, hope you can get a wireless signal and check out the BWT and AWT at your location!

HERE for Border Wait Times.
Click HERE for Airport Wait Times.

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