Travel: Temporary Relief

Homecoming transatlantic travelers heaved a hopeful sigh when the U.S. Customs Service announced last week that there may be a cure for that special form of nervous upset known as baggage inspection. Pre-clearance is the magic word. As a first test, customs officials plan to station three inspectors in Naples to examine and seal all except the baggage needed en route by New York-bound passengers. The cleared trunks, parcels and crates then go into the ship's hold until debarkation.

The idea is to minimize those hours-long mob scenes in Manhattan's sweltering customs sheds, and if it is successful, inspectors will...

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