As the House and Senate begin work on their respective FY15 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill, ALPA is calling on legislators to restrict DHS’ plans to expand Customs and Border Protection preclearance sites to locations overseas that provide no benefit to U.S. airlines or passengers. In early 2014, over Congressional and industry opposition, a CBP preclearance facility began operation at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a location where no U.S. air carrier flies and where only a state-owned foreign airline will benefit from the U.S. taxpayer-funded program. Now DHS is considering expanding its Middle Eastern preclearance operations to Dubai, Doha, and beyond. These facilities provide no benefit to U.S. carriers, despite being funded in part by U.S. tax dollars. Instead, DHS’ plans will only benefit state-owned Gulf carriers, who already receive billions of dollars in subsidies from their home countries.
ALPA has written Congress to explain why this is harmful to U.S. pilots and ALPA staff and pilots have been hard at work on Capitol Hill urging Members to restrict funding for new preclearance sites that do not make sense for U.S. passengers and U.S. airlines.
ALPA members, friends, and members of the public are also encouraged to join this effort. Please write Congress here and tell them to oppose the expansion of preclearance facilities that do not benefit U.S. interests!