Congresswoman Corrine Brown made the following statement:
"The current processing delays for international passengers at the Orlando International Airport are hampering the region's ability to serve current passengers and attract new visitors.
Central Florida is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for many visitors from South America and Europe. The number of international passengers processed through OIA during 2011 increased to more than 3.5 million, representing a 7.9% increase from the prior year. The processing times for international flights are becoming longer and longer. Since 2009 OIA's international passenger traffic has grown by more than 17.0% without any increase in CBP personnel. The results are wait times that exceed two and sometimes three hours.
Our request for additional CBP officers is supported not only by the Aviation Authority Board, but by the major employers and stakeholders in Central Florida, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, the Convention Center and the City of Orlando. The Aviation Authority is also committing resources to address this matter by making improvements in the two FIS facilities at Orlando International Airport."