European airlines are vociferously objecting to a deal signed between the US and UAE authorities for a US customs outpost to be created at Abu Dhabi. The facility would allow travellers to clear US customs before boarding their flights, which the Association of European Airlines (AEA) says gives a pivotal commercial edge to Etihad over European carriers. Even as passengers from the UAE skip customs procedures on arrival in the US, European airlines passengers face even longer queues as the US ‘sequester’ begins to bite. “Passengers arriving in the States have to wait up to three hours at certain airports

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