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International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

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International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Delta's flights from Aruba to Atlanta have been arriving at the International Terminal. I am curious if anyone has had any experience arriving at Concourse F even though they have already gone through US Customs and Immigration (Pre-Clearance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_border_preclearance) at their airport of departure. In this case, for us, Aruba.

Is there a way at the terminal in which they are able to route you around Customs since we will have already gone through Customs?

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1. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

This is what the airport's website says, but I haven't experienced this myself. As with most policies involving this new terminal, it sounds like a pain in the you-know-what.

Q: I went through U.S. immigration and customs before getting on my flight back to the United States. Where will I pick up my baggage?

A: Several countries — including Canada, Ireland and some Caribbean destinations — participate in the U.S. precleared travel program. Regardless of the gates at which their flights arrive, Atlanta-bound passengers who arrive aboard precleared flights will pick up their baggage at the international terminal baggage claim in the arrivals hall. There are signs throughout the Airport to direct these passengers.

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2. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Thank you so much :) <<smacking myself in the head that I couldn't find it>>

I guess we will look at it as a learning experience. Hopefully this does not negate the convenience of pre-clearance.

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3. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

No problem.

Will you please report back on the experience? I'm curious.

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4. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Your information is not correct. Aruba is no longer a preclear for US customs in Atlanta.

Check this site for answers to the new terminal and policies.

http://theticket-atlanta.com/#ad-image-0

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5. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

check this one. better info

theticket-atlanta.com/2012/…

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6. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

THIS should be REALLY interesting to see how US Customs handle Atlanta bound passengers in Aruba. I know for a fact that all passengers departing from Aruba are still going through pre-clearance there...

Customs and Immigration on island time is a LONG process there...

Check in at your airline, deposit your luggage

Enter the main building and go through Aruba immigration

Go through Aruba Security/xray checkpoint

Retrieve you luggage

Take your luggage and go through US Immigration

US Customs- may or may not approach you to examine luggage

Once cleared by US Customs, you will place your luggage onto the conveyor belt to be placed on the airplane

Then proceed through the second US TSA Security/xray checkpoint

There is a barrier in Aruba to get past Immigration and there are 4 U.S. bound flights between 1:46 pm and 3:25 pm. Can you picture them picking and choosing ATL bound passengers out of line?

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7. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Still digging...found this ajc.com/travel/atlanta-airport/the-new-inter…

"Q: Will anything be different for pre-cleared international passengers from countries that participate in the pre-cleared U.S. Customs program?

A: Pre-cleared international passengers will also enter and exit the airport through the new international terminal. They will claim their bags at a separate baggage carousel in the arrivals hall.

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8. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

The CBP website still lists Aruba as a pre-clearance location. If this has changed, it's been very recently.

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9. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Aruba - you are correct. You are precleared. My wrong. Enjoy your trip.

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10. Re: International Terminal Arrival When Pre-Cleared?

Get of the plane walk down pas immigration go to the left pick ur bags and return ur paper and u are out in 5 min. :)