It was officially announced in Washington, D.C., around the same time Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told a packed news conference at ipw that the agency was in talks with 10 airports worldwide to implement pre-clearance facilities where USA-bound travelers could go through the clearance process before even entering the U.S. And after they did, arrival at a U.S. airport would be not different than if a passenger had arrived on a domestic flight.
Kerlikowske said that pre-clearance helps identify threats to the U.S. and speeds up entry into the country for almost all passengers. Las year, it worked for some 17 million USA-bound air passengers. Currently available in just a handful of overseas airports and Canada, the list of potential sites includes some major international points of departure—especially from Europe—to the United States.
Ten Foreign Airports Identified by CBP for Possible Preclearance Locations
|Netherlands||Amsterdam Airport Schipol|
|Dominican Republic||Punta Cana|
Current Pre-Clearance Locations
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi International|
|Bermuda||L.F. Wade International|
|Aruba||Queen Beatrix Internationa|
|Canada||Lester B. Pierson International|
|Canada||Victoria (Port Angeles, Wash.)|