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American Airlines Laud Preclearance Expansion Plan

By: Michael Schoenberger

May 29, 2015.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced their plans to enter negotiations in an attempt to expand preclearance operations to each of 10 key gateway airports. Seven of these airports are served by American Airlines hence the latter greeted the announcement with enthusiasm and applauded it.

Robert Isom, the chief operating officer for American Airlines stated ‘Expanding air preclearance is a tremendous step forward for improving the overall travel experience for our customers and welcoming more visitors to the United States’. He went on to say how preclearance would ease the congestion at American Airlines’ US gateway airports and how it would ensure their customers got to their destinations quicker. He also expressed his full support for Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Obama Administration’s plans for increasing tourism to the US. ‘We are excited to begin discussions on expanding preclearance facilities’, Isom concluded.

Seven of the airports on the list for potential preclearance expansion are served by American. These include:

  • London Heathrow
  • Manchester, England
  • Tokyo’s Narita International
  • Spain’s Madrid Barajas
  • Brussels
  • Amsterdam Schiphol
  • Punta Cana International in the Dominican Republic

At the preclearance facilities of these airports, the Custom and Border Control Officers are stationed abroad to screen passengers and their accompanying baggage or goods, who are heading to the USA. CBP Officers retain the authority to further inspect these passengers after they arrive in the US.

American Airlines will continue to work with the DHS and CBP to ensure these negotiations can be successful.

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