TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants federal Homeland Security Secretary Janet Nepolitano to visit Miami International Airport so she can see for herself that it needs more Customs and Border Protection staffers.
Scott made the invitation in a letter Thursday.
The Republican governor wrote that President Barack Obama’s executive order designed to increase U.S. travel and tourism should be a boon for Miami. But he added that insufficient staffing is resulting in bottlenecks and causing foreign visitors to be separated from their luggage, forcing many to rebook on later flights.
Scott wrote that could damage Florida’s image and international business competitiveness. He noted Miami has more international flights than any other U.S. airport and that more than 1,000 passengers go through customs there every day.