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Military Charter Held at BGR on CBP Paperwork Issue

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For the 102 U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Kuwait on Delta flight 8964, getting off the plane was fairly routine and featured a hero’s welcome from the Maine Troop Greeters in attendance. It was a different story for the 112 Department of Defense contractors — those hired to fly drones, do intelligence analysis, fix computers and other jobs — some of whom were kept on the plane for more than seven hours as their baggage was methodically inspected and cleared through U.S. Customs. (bangordailynews.com) More...

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adanziger
adanziger 7
I fly through BGR as a pilot on military charters regularly. All I can say is that CBP in BGR can be the biggest pain in the ass when they want to be (depends which officer you get). All of the crews dread going through there. The behavior and actions of the on-duty CBP officers on this particular flight is shameful but unfortunately not surprising.
canuck44
canuck44 8
So maybe it is time for military charters to bypass BGR and use another entry point. Obviously none within the administration of CBP are the least concerned about customer service at this point. Then the local, state and federal politicians can beat on these petty bureaucrats for it should be apparent they have absolutely no fear of public criticism.
nasdisco
Chris B 3
With several family members in the military on tour, this news makes my blood boil. Lets get the CBP officer involved a little vacation in Afganistan for a few months so he can pre approve all flights home.
TXCAVU
Nooooo!EWR. They will straighten him out.
jwmson
jwmson 1
Great idea!
Mateo
Mateo 1
CBP didn't screw things up for the members of the military; it was the people employed by private companies who tried to circumvent the law. The law enforcement officers on duty in Bangor did exactly what they were supposed to do.
jwmson
jwmson 2
If BGR continues to be such a pain, Plattsburg would probably love to get all that traffic.
TXCAVU
That's a fact. That beautiful conversion military to civilian needs the business.
jamesadkins
James Adkins 1
Since when are any of those things prohibited? You can buy any of those things in any outdoor store or get them from the internet in almost any country. Does anyone think terrorists haven't figured out where to get gas masks and helmets but still somehow managed to get their semtex and surface to air missile supply all sewed up? Besides, they were being brought into the country not out of it. This is just stupid.
grinch59
Gene Nowak 1
Only the contractors were detained, as I read the article. Was Customs tipped off about questionable ownership of missing military equipment on-board or other contraband possibly being smuggled into the US?
TXCAVU
Everyone was detained.
mush
But not ON the PLANE.
TXCAVU
I flew through there on a charter and spent several hours for a 1 hour entry.
Sean24
Sean24 1
Time to find a another entry airport

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