US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aims to continue international development of its pre-clearance border control programme.
Today, CBP pre-clearance is in place at 15 airports in six countries. It allows travellers to undergo immigration and customs checks before boarding direct flights to the United States. Pre-cleared international flights can operate from domestic terminals at US airports, shortening connection times for passengers who need to take an internal flight.
Rebekah Bacon, CBP assistant director for field operations, said that “based on past successes, CBP intends to significantly expand the pre-clearance programme, as it yields significant benefits to both host airports and passengers”.
Speaking in December 2017 at the 16th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit, she added that pre-clearance “enhances the security of the United States, and has the potential to increase capacity and growth opportunities for airports and air carriers, in the US and abroad”.
CBP began the process of identifying and prioritising new pre-clearance locations in 2014. Foreign airports interested in joining the programme were invited to submit a letter to CBP expressing their interest in hosting pre-clearance operations.
Ten international airports in nine countries were selected in 2015 for pre-clearance: Brussels (Belgium); Punta Cana (Dominican Republic); Tokyo Narita (Japan); Amsterdam Schiphol (Netherlands); Oslo Gardermoen (Norway); Madrid-Barajas (Spain), Stockholm Arlanda (Sweden); Istanbul Ataturk (Turkey); plus Heathrow and Manchester (United Kingdom).
Bacon said that active pre-clearance negotiations are underway with airports in 15 countries. More want to participate: CBP is unable to start negotiations in every case, she added, “but this does not preclude future conservations”.
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