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Article By: Lulu Ramadan


With the snip of a red ribbon Wednesday, Boca Raton further established itself as an international destination.

The Boca Raton Airport unveiled its new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, which, beginning Thursday, will allow international travelers to fly directly to Palm Beach County’s southernmost city.

Those flying into Boca Raton from other countries previously had to stop at Palm Beach International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International or Fort Lauderdale Executive airports to go through customs. Now, pilots will be able to taxi airplanes up to the 4,400-square-foot customs facility.

“These planes were already coming to Boca Raton, but they were having to stop at Fort Lauderdale or other airports,” Boca Raton interim Mayor Scott Singer said. “This makes the process smoother.”

The secure facility sports a lobby for checking bags and welcoming international travelers. Inside an area reserved for Homeland Security, there is a search room, an interview room and a detention cell, similar to features you’d find at customs facilities in major airports.