Today, the Presidents of ALPA, Airlines for America, and the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association sent a letter to U.S. Senators urging them to oppose funding for a new preclearance site as they consider fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations legislation.
Congress has previously taken action in opposition to the planned CBP preclearance in Abu Dhabi in prior spending bills. However, with DHS finalizing plans to open a preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, perhaps as early as this month, it is critical that any Appropriations bill considered by Congress include language prohibiting funding for this site.
With customs wait times at major U.S. airports in excess of several hours, DHS should not be using any resources to open new preclearance facilities overseas. Furthermore, the U.S. government should not act to harm an industry that supports 10 million jobs and produces $1 trillion in annual economic activity by opening a preclearance facility which will solely benefit a foreign airline.
ALPA members can write their Senators here to oppose this facility.