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Test program to shorten customs lines at Las Vegas airport

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Kyle B. Hansen

Travelers from an international flight wait in line at the passport check area at McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 2 on Wednesday, April 23, 2010.

Overseas visitors coming to Las Vegas could soon be spending less time in customs lines.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that McCarran International Airport will be participating in a pilot program that offers more flexibility in scheduling customs agents.

The public-private partnership will allow the airport to schedule agents for later hours and move them around to terminals where they're needed most, as long as the airport foots the bill for the overtime. Existing rules are more restrictive of agents' schedules and locations.

Las Vegas has been trying to attract more foreign tourists, who tend to stay longer and spend more money than domestic visitors.

Reid says the new program will give visitors a better first impression and get them out of the airport and spending more quickly.

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