I can't imagine what this could be. It seems too low for GE/Nexus and way too high for refused entry. What is it...?

CBP airport wait times

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  • I wouldn't think it's unusual for refusals to arrive in bunches - possibly certain departure points are more likely to produce them... – brhans May 2 '16 at 17:22
  • According to the "definitions" link at the top of the page: "The actual number of passengers on flights which arrived in the selected hour who were excluded from wait time reporting." Not particularly helpful I realize. – Zach Lipton May 2 '16 at 17:29

From the definitions page:

Excluded: The actual number of passengers on flights which arrived in the selected hour who were excluded from wait time reporting.

That sounds like passengers who were allowed entry but did not need processing time, for example infants who have no passports and share the same passport with their moms. If they were counted among the processed passengers then the report would not be accurate because only one person was passport/person was processed in reality. Just a guess.

One more thing, I do not think they are passengers who were refused entry, because even they need "processing" time and can not be excluded from the waiting time report.

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  • Where have you found the link to definitions?? I was looking but couldn't find it. – chx May 2 '16 at 17:50
  • top-right corner, thanks to Zach Liption he commented about it first. – Nean Der Thal May 2 '16 at 17:51
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    Can children still be included on parents' passports? I thought that was no longer allowed, but maybe it's only for the VWP? In any event, another reason for excluding passengers might be related to fast-track immigration services for VIPs such as diplomats whose immigration paperwork is handled by their staff. – phoog May 2 '16 at 22:50
  • @phoog good point, I guess VIPs are included, but not the only ones, if you check the page you will see that the number of excluded people are too high to be only for VIPs. Regarding VWP, they still need to visit a booth before entering. – Nean Der Thal May 4 '16 at 4:15
  • @HeidelBerGensis there's at least one service that advertises that they'll take care of the immigration formalities while you wait in a lounge. I find that surprising, but there it is. Four VIPs could be a single family or a government delegation. Since the data sample shows only one aircraft, it's possible that it's not a representative sample. – phoog May 4 '16 at 4:26

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