U.S. Customs Preclearance Facilities Must Benefit U.S. Economy, Airlines, and Workers

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) voiced its opposition yesterday to the inclusion of any authorization for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept third party reimbursement for foreign Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities within the President’s forthcoming Fiscal Year 2014 budget. In a letter to the president, ALPA said that there are growing concerns that the DHS will seek to finance a new preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International airport by requesting reimbursement from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government.

“In contrast to these existing preclearance facilities, a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi will only offer convenience to passengers of Etihad, one of U.S. airlines’ biggest competitors and the national airline of UAE, as no U.S. carrier flies there,” Captain Lee Moak, ALPA’s president stated in the letter. “The arrangement, funded by the UAE for a UAE-owned airport to benefit a UAE-sponsored airline, will undercut the U.S. carriers’ ability to compete in the global marketplace.”

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