ALPA Hails House Proposal to Prevent Abu Dhabi Customs Preclearance Facility
May 15, 2013 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), commends actions taken by the House Homeland Security Committee today to require additional oversight of U.S. overseas preclearance facility agreements entered into by U.S. and foreign governments.

In a voice vote today, the House Homeland Security Committee passed an amendment—proposed by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)—to H.R. 1417, The Border Security Results Act of 2013, that would require the federal government to consider competitiveness and security issues when entering into reimbursement agreements with foreign governments for additional customs staff at preclearance facilities. The amendment, if ultimately approved by Congress, could prohibit funding for the Abu Dhabi preclearance facility by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).