Lawmakers: U.S. government’s subsidy of foreign carriers threatens U.S. airlines and jobs

11/15/2013 | Hill, The

Legislation introduced by Reps. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., requires the Department of Homeland Security to assess the effect future Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance facilities will have on passengers, our economy, and security and customs staffing at U.S. gateway airports. "With their commitment to quality and safety, U.S. airlines can be global leaders in commercial aviation. But they can't be expected to compete and win, while our own government tilts the playing field against them," the lawmakers write. At the expense of U.S. airlines, travelers and employees, the administration and CBP are pushing forward with an agreement to open a pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport to the benefit of the United Arab Emirates' state-owned foreign carrier, despite the objections of Congress and U.S. airlines.

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