Pre-clearance

by julesfric

The trip to Dublin and back were equally filled with drama, which had to do with time.

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An hour and a half my friend and I arrived at the airport. We had been on 4 flights in the last 3 weeks…1.5 hours was fine except we didn’t know about pre-clearance!!

A few countries undergo US pre clearance to alleviate customs on the ground. Dublin international is one of them. When we checked in, and of course this included a 20 minute passport problem, the ticket agents stressed to get to our gate ASAP. We surprisingly found a very long pre-clearance line 1 hour long standing in our way.

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I, the worrier, began freaking out as the minutes passed. By the time we got trough customs we had less than 5 minutes. Oh yeah, those 5 minutes were spent through a second security scan.

I remember the two of us running, her with no shoes, up these steps then the longest ramp I could ever imagine- our backpacks bouncing up and down with all our travel treasures.

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But we made it! We huffed and puffed and caught our breathe for 45 minutes as the plane was delayed waiting for all the other chaps stuck at pre-clearance.

Fail on us.

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