Travelers arriving from abroad at LAX must wait up to three hours and 20 minutes to clear customs and border protection, according to a study by the U.S. Travel Assn., a trade group for the nation's travel industry.
The only airports with higher peak wait times are Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (three hours and 45 minutes), John F. Kennedy International Airport (four hours and 30 minutes) and Miami International Airport (four hours and 40 minutes), the study said.
The travel association released the report to pressure the federal government to increase staffing of custom and border protection officers to shorten the wait time for international travelers, who spend up to $11.8 billion a year in the United States.
Still, the report noted that the average wait time at the five busiest international airports in the United States was usually less than 30 minutes.
The report does not show if the wait times have increased over the last few years or whether the delays at U.S. airports are longer than those in other countries.
The trade group is urging the federal government to hire 3,500 additional customs and border protection officers to reduce the screening time of most travelers to 30 minutes.
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