Officials report no problems with international arrivals

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006

Security officials agreed Saturday morning there had been no real problems with the arrival of international flights at Kenai Municipal Airport

“It’s been a very, very smooth operation,” said Mike Mitchell, supervisor for Customs and Border Patrol from Anchorage. “All the athletes have been very cooperative.”

Around midnight Friday, March 3, the first international flights began arriving at what is now Kenai International Airport. The flights were scheduled to continue until around 5 a.m., Sunday.

“No bad surprises, I think we were well prepared. We have a great working relationship with all the different agencies that are here and good preplanning has paid off,” said Mitchell. “We’ve got the equipment we need, we have the personnel we need, and actually things are going very, very well.”

Problems that were expected had not surfaced by mid-morning, resulting in good attitudes by those involved. “I was expecting a few little hiccups here and there, little problems, and I haven’t seen anything yet, said Kim Wannamaker, operations security chief from Kenai. “It’s been great.”

These sentiments were echoed by arriving passengers.” It was good; like normal customs I guess,” said Yellowknife snowboarder Bryn Livingstone. “It was pretty average. It was well-organized.”

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