U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday they will add 40 more customs officers to reduce lines and screening times for international passengers at Washington Dulles International Airport.
“I am pleased that CBP today has recognized that the long lines endured at Dulles by Virginia business travelers and international tourists alike is simply unacceptable and must be addressed,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D.Va.) in a written statement. “An additional 40 customs officers is a good first step and should help reduce wait times and ensure a smoother, faster entry process.”
After his office received several complaints about long lines and waiting times from travelers, Warner in February pressed the agency for an explanation. In a letter, Warner noted that Congress recently provided the agency with additional resources to fund an additional 2,000 officers nationwide. After recruitment and training, the additional 40 officers will begin working at Dulles sometime during 2015.