July 25, 2013 Sequestration and USCIS.
For a lot of people the 5% US Federal budget cut aka Sequestration aka “The Fiscal Cliff” that went into effect last January has been a non-issue.* Tell that to the Customs and Border Patrol station at Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. During the business summer travel season some 20+ international flights arrive at roughly the same time. Since sequestration DFW CBP has seen a 25% reduction in staff during peak hours. The result of less staffing and more flights is predictable. The video after the jump provides an excellent illustration of the problem.
Airport officials stated this is a new problems and they are looking for solutions. One solution has the DFW airport, not airlines mind you, has offered to make up the difference with CBP in order to increase staffing. This will result at some point in an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge applied to each ticket.
*For the record I am currently a federal contractor but I will not be in a couple of weeks as I change positions.