In a blog, Ed Wytkind, the president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, said a plan to establish a customs preclearance facility for the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates is a misuse of taxpayer dollars. "We are in an extremely competitive era in a highly globalized airline industry. It makes no sense to divert precious U.S. resources to benefit only a foreign emirate and its wholly owned national air carrier that wants to clean our clock," he writes. "We will step up our effort to convince DHS to withdraw its ill-advised plan," he continues. "It defies common sense and harms the U.S. aviation industry and its workers."

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