While I applaud Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) efforts to expand flights through Long Island MacArthur Airport by adding international routes, building and staffing a customs and immigration unit is not needed to accomplish this ["MacArthur Int'l next?" News, June 11].
Schumer named Aruba and the Bahamas as possible destinations. However, these countries, as well as Bermuda, Canada and Ireland, have United States pre-clearance in place, meaning passengers go through customs and immigration before boarding their flight back to the United States.
Yes, there's a need for a small customs presence at the receiving airport, however, I think Schumer's time would be better spent attracting a carrier such as JetBlue to provide service on popular New York-Florida routes.
Alan Dillenbeck, Point Lookout