Quad City International Airport located at Rock Island County, Illinois, has opened the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility, which has been developed using the latest technology. Using this facility, the agencies would be capable of enforcing the local laws in an enhanced way.
2.4 million dollars were spent towards this facility intended to process international passengers coming on general aviation flights.
Bruce Carter, aviation director of the airport, has said that the earlier office, located in Civil Air Patrol building was very small to manage the large number of passengers.
Dolas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Chicago field office facility manager said that the passengers will have a pre-screening inspection waiting area, while the officials process each passenger individually, pertaining to any issues of immigration and customs.
This facility includes a room for processing, office space, room for an interview, agricultural inspection room and has cells to keep the passengers, if the law forbids any passenger to enter the country because he/she might have adopted some illegal means to enter the country.
The assistant aviation director of the airport, Bryan Johnson, has said that their long term goal is to mend the building into Federal Inspection Services facility meant for the passengers arriving from direct overseas destinations. However, he said that this facility would not be necessary until Quad City airport would receive a direct foreign flight.