Blog: Homeland Security should ground Abu Dhabi plan

04/15/2013 | Hill, The

The Department of Homeland Security is moving forward to establish a custom preclearance checkpoint at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates. "No U.S.-based airline currently operates direct service from Abu Dhabi to the United States," write Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, and Captain Lee Moak, president of Air Line Pilots Association, International. Calio and Moak also write that the agencies should focus on travelers visiting the U.S. "Reducing their wait times should be a top priority of DHS and CBP; not using U.S. tax dollars to establish a preclearance facility abroad that would benefit a foreign government and a single foreign airline competitor."

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