I was going to write about my trip to Italy, but reading about other people’s awesome vacations is boring. So here’s that column: If you’ve never been to Italy, go. If you have, go again.
Which brings me to my column about coming back from Italy, and the security arrangements at Logan International Airport’s Terminal E, which our geniuses in Customs have transformed into Interminable E.
Our flight from Rome arrived at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, within an hour of several other international flights. Thus, about 1,500 people, laden with heavy bags, cranky babies and too little sleep, were simultaneously seeking to clear Customs.
You are first directed into one of two lengthy lines for passport control, depending upon whether you are 1) a U.S. or Canadian citizen or returning visitor, or 2) visiting the United States for the first time.
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This can mean a lengthy wait, and beginning about two years ago, the lines at Logan grew very long. Officials installed 20 computer kiosks that let travelers scan their passports, have their photos taken, and receive a receipt to expedite their encounter with the human waiting for them at the end of a second lengthy queue.
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