US Customs Pre-Clearance Might Be Arriving Over in Qatar
March 5, 2014 at 6:44 AM
There’s a few spots where flying back home is pretty darn easy, as outposts of US customs and border control are set up at foreign airports. This has been the deal up in Canada for quite some time, and there are a few other locations as well. Basically you go through all the welcome to the USA paperwork overseas, and then when you land safe and sound in the nifty fifty you’re free to just grab you bag and head into a taxi.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened up a spot like this over in Abu Dhabi earlier in the year, and it sounds like Dubai is getting in on the fun as well. However, we’re thinking officials over in Qatar are jealous over all of this, and now they want their very own chance to throw their very own version of a passport party.
It sounds like the country has applied for permission to set things up over in Doha, but as of now Uncle Sam—or his representatives—aren’t confirming whether this is actually the case.
There will certainly be some push back form pilots unions and those who do their thing over in Congress, as some feel that this gives these carriers an advantage. We just see it as another way to make the travel process a little smoother, but we’ll wait and see.