As Americans, we’ve been bred to believe that the way we do things should be a model for the rest of the world. But after spending a good chunk of my Friday, day one of the sequester federal spending cuts, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, I have to admit that Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, felt like a better run airport than that of our fourth largest city.
Comparing Augusto Sandino International Airport in Managua to George Bush is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, because Managua is a much sleepier place, but here is what I observed. We arrived at the airport in Managua at 11 a.m. and despite the fact that it was relatively busy, we made it through immigration, customs and baggage screening and to our gate by 11:30.
Well, this is a fine mess the US Congress (among others) have put us in (“us” as in travelers who need to go through US Customs and Immigration). So the good news for your trip back home is that you should definitely enjoy the free shot of Flor de Caña rum at the Managua airport because getting through customs once you land in Miami, Houston, or Atlanta is going to be a very un-enjoyable experience!