"13 of the 76 passengers inadvertently exited through a domestic gate without going through customs," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clarifying a prior mistaken report of the number of passengers being closer 150. "Ten passengers have since been processed and the three who haven’t been are U.S. citizens," said spokesman Michael Friel, allowing us all to breathe a sigh of relief -- except for those who expected a sweet, illegal rice gift from Mexico.
ABC reports that "the snafu was attributed to an 'airline employee error' off the jetway, according to a source familiar with the matter."
Mayor de Blasio, on the other hand, is pretty steamed about the entire incident. “I’m very concerned," he said. "That is a very unusual incident, but it is absolutely unacceptable.” Not to say we shouldn't raise eyebrows at the snafu, especially considering the recent worldwide travel alert. It's safe to say someone working at JFK is about to get an extended holiday -- one that has nothing to do with Christmas.
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