Thursday, January 21st, 2021

TSA, CBP extend Preclearance program invitation

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agencies have invited airports to participate in the Preclearance program for the first time in four years.

“Preclearance is an excellent passenger facilitation program that complements our rigorous U.S. standards and strengthens global security through the development of key international partnerships.” TSA Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Melanie Harvey said. “This program is a win-win, allowing travelers to experience a streamlined approach that saves them time and frustration while reducing the burden on our domestic system.”

Interested foreign airports may apply for Preclearance by applying through the CBP website. Airports must host U.S. air carrier operations, have a suitable facility for Preclearance processing, and share costs with the U.S. government.

Additionally, preclearance requires bilateral agreements between the United States and the host country.

“Preclearance strengthens our partnerships abroad and provides benefits to passengers, airports, governments, and airlines,” said William Ferrara, executive assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations. “Those looking to apply will find that the process is more transparent than ever before. Over the past 70 years, Preclearance has achieved great success, and we’re excited to offer this unique opportunity to our partners abroad.”

Presently CBP, TSA, and their foreign partners have established 16 Preclearance airports in six countries.