TSA Professionals Being Sent to the Boarder Causing U.S. Airport Immigration Line Delays

Imagine flying eight to 24 hours, possibly after two or even three connections, to arrive at a U.S. airport and having to patiently wait through two or even three hours in the immigration and customs line. Well, this is happening, based on reporting from travel journalist Chris McGinnis. (See, Excruciating: Travelers wait 2-3 hours in airport immigration lines.) It was also observed first hand by travel writer Matthew Klint. (See, Immigration Mahem at SFO.)

Passengers arriving at San Francisco International Airport and other airports are filling the long corridors long before the line stanchions where passengers are then circling the massive areas that lead to the Customs and Border Patrol officer. Airports aren’t the only locations impacted — so are ports and seaports. 

In a statement, the U.S. Travel Association says it is closely watching the secondary effects and the potential disruption to the U.S. economy. (See the statement: U.S. Travel Reax to Deployment of TSA Personnel on Southern Border.)

Seems a different solution is needed.

Visit Picasso in Spain

Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Located in the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum is something that should be on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Barcelona. Courtesy image

Pablo Picasso was an innovative artist who was a master painter as well as a sculptor, printmaker, ceramics artist, etching artist and writer. Picasso had several stages of art throughout his life: Blue Period (1901-1904), Rose Period (1904-1906), African Influence (1907-1909), Analytic Cubism (1907-1912), Synthetic Cubism (1912-1919), Neoclassism and Surrealism (1919-1929), Later years (1940-1973).

The majority of his adult life was spent in France, but Picasso was a Spaniard. Check our city reviews where you can find Picasso’s work on display in Spain:

  • Picasso Museum Malaga
  • Picasso Museum House in Coruna, Spain
  • Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Picasso Museum Barcelona 
  • View the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Learn more about Picasso and Picasso museums in Spain on Spain’s official tourism website. 


Imagination for Meetings Highlighted at IMEX Frankfurt 2019

IMEX held its annual European conference last week in Frankfurt, Germany, May 21-23, 2019. More than 8,800 planners and trade visitors held more than 68,000 scheduled appointments to discuss their future meetings and events with hospitality and tourism professionals around the world. What was on on their mind as they evolve the meeting experience?

“Collaboration, diversity and sustainability – all elements of the Imagination Talking Point – have come to life and been put into practice at IMEX this year.” said Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. 

Check the highlights from IMEX Frankfurt 2019. Next year’s program is scheduled for May 12-14, 2020.


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Featured image: Robot at IMEX Frankfurt 2019. Embracing the latest innovations  at the conference’s new Discovery Zone. Courtesy of IMEX.