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Cleveland Hopkins Airport new customs process begins Monday

April 26, 2018 GMT

Cleveland Hopkins Airport new customs process begins Monday

CLEVELAND, Ohio – International travelers arriving at Cleveland Hopkins should have an easier, faster exit from the airport after clearing customs beginning Monday.

Passengers can leave the customs area after clearing customs, but will be subject to  screening by the Transportation Security Administration before entering Concourse A.

Previously, passengers had to wait for all passengers to finish being checked by customs before getting on a shuttle to the baggage claim level.

A statement from the airport noted it is important for passengers to know that they will be screened by TSA similar to when they arrive at an airport. That means passengers who may have purchased duty-free beverages will need to put those items into their checked luggage before leaving the customs area as they will not be allowed to take liquids over 3 ounces into the terminal.

Related: Cleveland Hopkins airport renovates customs area in advance of new Iceland flights

That changes coincide with two airlines beginning service from Iceland. Wow Air is scheduled to land its first flight Thursday. On May 16, Icelandair begins service out of Cleveland, with five flights per week.

These changes will apply to all international arrivals, except those from Canada, including scheduled flights from Cancun, Mexico on Frontier and United, charters from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, according to Hopkins.

Flights from Toronto clear customs in Canada.