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What the hell is going on at JFK? And thank you BA!

What the hell is going on at JFK? And thank you BA!

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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:18 pm
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What the hell is going on at JFK? And thank you BA!

Twice in 3 weeks immigration is frankly ridiculous. Don't remember it ever being this bad.

But BA pulled me out the queue as GGL and was taken straight through this time and handed connecting boarding passes. Bravo.

Might invest in GE now!
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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:21 pm
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Not to mention several 744s being swapped to 777s today 🧐

Never seen flights so busy .
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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:55 pm
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Might invest in GE now!
https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ge
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Old Jul 6, 19, 12:57 pm
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Landed on the 173 at 14:20 local and weíre still trying to get to T7.

We still need to get towed onto stand once we get there.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 1:04 pm
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Landed on the 173 at 14:20 local and weíre still trying to get to T7.

We still need to get towed onto stand once we get there.
Suggest you run to immigration if you don't have GE!
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Old Jul 6, 19, 1:14 pm
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Typical of JFK in the summer. Just wait and see how fun it is when thunderstorms hit.

Unless one is going to NY, avoiding JFK is usually a good idea.

That said, if you come to the US with any regularity, Iíd highly recommend you apply for GE (if eligible).
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Old Jul 6, 19, 2:24 pm
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Why are the automated passport machines always roped off, or have they been removed now ?
They were roped off last time I went which was the end of 2018, a long time since Iíve stepped foot on any aircraft (thatís another story).
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Old Jul 6, 19, 3:54 pm
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Why are the automated passport machines always roped off, or have they been removed now ?
They were roped off last time I went which was the end of 2018, a long time since Iíve stepped foot on any aircraft (thatís another story).
I was told at Christmas whilst queuing at T7 that the machines were for US passports only, this didnít make sense as non-US immigration queues were huge (as usual) but I couldnít quite believe this as 6 months prior I had used the machines and they were very efficient but you still had to see a person behind a desk after youíd completed the machine. I now wonder what the machines are for? GE is located in the far corner so I donít think the machines are for GE and there canít be that many US nationals arriving on BA flights that they need 8 (or is it 10?) machines...
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Old Jul 6, 19, 4:20 pm
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I was told at Christmas whilst queuing at T7 that the machines were for US passports only, this didnít make sense as non-US immigration queues were huge (as usual) but I couldnít quite believe this as 6 months prior I had used the machines and they were very efficient but you still had to see a person behind a desk after youíd completed the machine. I now wonder what the machines are for? GE is located in the far corner so I donít think the machines are for GE and there canít be that many US nationals arriving on BA flights that they need 8 (or is it 10?) machines...
I had used them several times before (not GE, UK citizen returning ESTA).
I had taken one of the blue immigration forms but not filled it in. I had ample time to complete it in the queue.
Do BA have to pay for them ? It seems crazy not to use them as the CBP seem to be quite sparse at times.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 4:21 pm
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GE is the sole useful solution for any traveler who does no frequently enough to justify the time and money required.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 4:38 pm
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Not eligible (probably) and my travel has become somewhat erratic recently.
I will just have no option but to brave the kiosks and hope I donít get the really, really old guy (looks about 90). Booked into row 10A/B on a 772 so hoping it will be better than last time.
AA is getting to be more attractive despite the rock hard seats !
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Old Jul 6, 19, 6:28 pm
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GE is the sole useful solution for any traveler who does no frequently enough to justify the time and money required.
Again please, in English!
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Again please, in English!
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Old Jul 6, 19, 9:17 pm
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Twice in 3 weeks immigration is frankly ridiculous. Don't remember it ever being this bad.

But BA pulled me out the queue as GGL and was taken straight through this time and handed connecting boarding passes. Bravo.

Might invest in GE now!
Ouch sounds nasty. My last 2 arrivals at JFK were on the BA1 and on a late flight with short connection so met at gate and escorted to kiosks, next CBP office for immigration and Customs. The problem is now with GE if you apply now due to the backlog in the US I doubt youíd get one now before the end of the year.
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Old Jul 6, 19, 10:41 pm
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Ouch sounds nasty. My last 2 arrivals at JFK were on the BA1 and on a late flight with short connection so met at gate and escorted to kiosks, next CBP office for immigration and Customs. The problem is now with GE if you apply now due to the backlog in the US I doubt youíd get one now before the end of the year.
Current reports at about 11 weeks - Iím at about nine but fortunately applied well in advance of planned use.
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