Last updated: 08:17 PM ET, Wed May 15 2013

A4A Applauds Passage of Amendment on Preclearance Agreements Overseas

Airlines & Airports | Airlines for America | Gretchen Kelly | May 15, 2013

Airlines for America (A4A), released a statement on May 14 applauding the unanimous passage of an amendment offered by Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA), requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review and report on both the safety and competitive impact of reimbursement agreements with foreign governments for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities. The amendment was agreed to by the House Committee on Homeland Security during consideration of the Border Security Results Act of 2013.

The amendment’s passenger comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by a bipartisan group of 11 Senators to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding answers on the agency’s decision to establish a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a facility A4A says no U.S. carrier serves.  The letter said that the move sets a dangerous precedent and raises issues over the agency’s authority to enter into such an agreement.  A4A has previously called the decision a “pay per play scheme” and has said that it “sets a dangerous and unauthorized precedent and harms U.S. citizens, jobs, the economy and the global competitiveness of the U.S. airline industry.”

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