Senators advocate changes at airport


Senators advocate changes at airport

Columbus Dispatch – U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown of Ohio are pushing for changes to customs procedures for private planes at Port Columbus. The procedures have drawn criticism for the time and inconvenience involved.

After a Dispatch story on Tuesday, Brown called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to review its policy at the airport, where the time it typically takes for a business jet arriving from outside the U.S. to clear customs has increased from about 15 minutes to more than one hour since procedures were changed two years ago.

Local business leaders complain that the delays, which do not occur at most other U.S. airports, hurt central Ohio’s ability to compete for business.

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