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  • jackieblackjackieblack Forumite
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    It's even better in some airports now.
    When arriving in Orlando on certain flights, you go to the immigration desk then unless you get pulled for a spot check or you opt to go and speak to a customs official, you simply pick up your suitcase and walk straight out of the secure area without having to make any declaration.

    Yes, this is what happened when I arrived in Boston.
    I couldn’t use the kiosk because I had a new passport and the nice immigration man just asked me if I had any food and purpose of my visit, did fingerprints and photo and I was through within about 5 minutes of getting off the plane :)

    This was also a BA flight.
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    If the airline don’t ask and US immigration don’t ask, who else is going to?

    Years ago pre-ESTA, and when ESTA was first introduced and was voluntary and free of charge, you used to have to fill in a landing card on the plane which asked about where you were staying but that’s obsolete now.

    Actually, this visit (I’m currently in Boston) we didn’t have to fill in customs forms either.
    Since when are customs forms optional?

    I flew to New York on Thursday and filled mine in on the plane...

    US Government site says you have to fill it in? https://www.cbp.gov/travel/clearing-cbp/traveler-entry-form

    That form asks for your address etc.

    I had to fill in a form for Seattle-Tacoma airport last month, so they're still in use in some USA airports.
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