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DUB / Dublin International Airport
Pre-clearance, procedures, baggage, duty free, etc. for AA
Link to DAA Dublin International Airport website

Link to aa.com page on DUB airport

USCBP PRE-CLEARANCE:

AA flights depart DUB Terminal 2, and have USCBP pre-clearance at Dublin International airport; this comes after the lounges. Global Entry kiosks are available. Baggage is pre cleared as well; pre-cleared flights arrive in the USA as domestic flights. Given you are processing check-in, DUB security, USCBP and TSA, give yourself plenty of time to complete these in a timely manner. Though AA states four hours, three hours is generally sufficient - but non-Global Entry and PreCheck queues can get long.

Link to DUB airport page on US pre-clearance

The AA departure procedure at DUB is:
  • Airport check-in
  • Ireland airport security
  • lounge - see here
  • duty free
  • USCBP processing (GE available)
  • TSA / US security processing (no PreCheck available)
  • "51st & Green" lounge available in post-CBP area.
  • small duty free shop available in post-CBP area.
  • gate waiting area and boarding

The flight arrives in the USA as a domestic flight for both passengers and baggage; no additional immigration, customs processing is offered, and passengers will not have to proceed landside and TSA security unless their flight plan entails that for domestic flights (e.g. changing terminals requiring landside connections.)

Lounge and access: see Dublin / DUB DAA Executive Lounge (AA Contract Lounge)

Baggage

Baggage may be tagged through to one's final destination; Preclearance means your flight should arrive as a domestic flight in the USA, with standard baggage transfer to one's next flight by the airline (unless one is connecting to an airline with no interline agreement with AA, e.g. Delta or Southwest).

Duty Free

Strictly speaking, Duty Free, lounge etc are airside (post Ireland airport security) They're after the usual security screening, just before USCBP (which is followed by TSA).

Neither STEB (sealed tamper evident bag) nor jetbridge delivery are used. You will be given your duty free in bags on paying. They won't be sealed unless you ask for them to be sealed. When going through USCBP, there is screening of bags but the liquids rule does not apply here. So you can shop for Duty Free liquids before USCBP without concern. (Thanks to Speedbird876)

Wembleygal says there's a smaller duty free shop immediately past USCBP.

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Old Mar 7, 14, 4:06 am
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AA DUB / Dublin preclearance, procedures, baggage, duty free, etc.

I believe all US bound flights leaving DUB now use pre-clearance.
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Originally Posted by ardboe View Post
I believe all US bound flights leaving DUB now use pre-clearance.
I did for the AA flight in December...UA flight was the next gate over too.
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Originally Posted by jock View Post
Just read a post on here..and i need to find out if its correct.

flying AA Biz Dub-Jfk next month. I read that AA doesnt use the Pre clearance at Dublin..is that true??

Many thanks
Just flew this last Monday and went through pre-clearance.
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The later afternoon flights on EI do not pre-clear because the CBP service closes mix day
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The later afternoon flights on EI do not pre-clear because the CBP service closes mix day
Back late last year it was announced that all the late afternoon flights are using pre-clearance.
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DUB / Dublin pre-clearance, lounge, etc. AA and US

Hi all,

Flying DUB-JFK in Business Class in a couple weeks. Have never flown ex DUB before or been able to use US pre clearance immigration.

Can anyone give any pointers on how early I should arrive at the airport? My flight is at 08:55.

Is there any immigration 'Fast track' for J class passengers?

Is the process check in --- US customs --- security?
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Old Mar 22, 15, 4:10 pm
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Check-in will be swift. There is the "security" interview at the desk, check in, fast track through emigration & security, then you are airside. I've done it in 15 minutes before, but I would not plan on that.

The departure procedure requires clearing US immigration and and customs. There is not fast track line. There are global entry kiosks. The length of time it takes to clear US formalities is dependent upon how many flights are departing for the US at that time. At I minimum I would plan to clear at T-45 minutes to T-75 minutes before departure.

There is very little in terms of comforts post us formalities. A food stand, duty free shop, and toilets as I recall. So it's a balancing act on how long to stay int he lounge and minimize time at the gate. The ideal is to clear with short lines and walk straight into the plane.

Report back on how things worked out.
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See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html

It depends on day - I've experienced Saturdays are very quiet in the past. No queue when going through for the AA JFK flight.

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Upon entering the pre-clear area your boarding pass is scanned. If the hand scanners beeps when your bp is scanned it means you're the last to enter pre-clear for that particular flight and they will 'fast track' you to the front. Similarly if you are in the queue and the flight has started boarding they will ask for passengers on that flight to come forward.

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Hi all just a couple questions. I'm soon to fly DUB - LAX via JFK in J class. It'll be my first experience with pre-clearance.

I am guessing my hold luggage will now be checked all the way through to LAX and I won't have to collect it in JFK?

When connecting in JFK inbound from DUB and onwards to LAX will I have to go through security again?

Many Thanks.
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Hi bananahead,

You will not have to go through security again at JFK. You arrive at JFK and are treated as a domestic arrival so you walk straight into the departures area of the terminal .Assuming you are on AA to LAX just look for your LAX departure gate ( and if you have time head to the AAdmirals club)

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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
Hi bananahead,

You will not have to go through security again at JFK. You arrive at JFK and are treated as a domestic arrival so you walk straight into the departures area of the terminal .Assuming you are on AA to LAX just look for your LAX departure gate ( and if you have time head to the AAdmirals club)

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Thanks TBS!

That's good to hear. I'm hoping to check out the recently enhanced offerings in the Flagship Lounge. I shall keep my expectations in check ;-) Any improvement has to be better than the food offerings in there last time i visited.
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Thanks TBS!

That's good to hear. I'm hoping to check out the recently enhanced offerings in the Flagship Lounge. I shall keep my expectations in check ;-) Any improvement has to be better than the food offerings in there last time i visited.
Hi,

I will be in the Flagship lounge next sunday prior to my AA flight back to DUB so will comment on the food. I found the LAX Flagship lounge food to be very good ( for a US lounge) and very good for snacking

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Update ( It is the DAA lounge)

Hi,

By way of update,

I arrived at the AA check in desk on Thursday 9th July at about 610am ( AA 291 schd at 850am)

Check in was quick and I asked the agent which lounge we used and I was told it was the DAA lounge.

There were pieces of paper from AA advising pax that at this busy travel period to go to CBP 2 hours prior to boarding!

Fast track was quick and I was in the DAA lounge by about 625am. The sign outside the door includes American. The EI Gold circle lounge is just down the corridor but does not state american airlines so I did not go in.

The lounge agent said we should head to CBP at 1 hr 15mins prior to departure.

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About 1 hr 30 before my flight I headed to CBP. There is a business class line for the security check ( electrical items out of bags) before joining the CBP queue.

Tne line was busy and moved relatively slowly. Once I was half way down the line the agent started calling out for people with ESTAs to go to the machines ( I was well past that point and decided to stay in the line rather than having to move past people to get to the line for ESTAs.) By the time I got to the front of the line the line agents were just about to call for pax on AA291 who were in line.
The CBP officer showed me a picture of my bag and I was through quickly. En route to the gate there is a duty free shop which had bottles of water for €1 and a container to put the coin in if you had exact change.
By the time I got to the gate boarding had begun ( I think they had finished group 1 but used the priority lane and was soon on board).
Overall took about 45mins for the process but it was great to arrive at JFK and not worry about immigration.

Regards

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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
Hi,

By way of update,

I arrived at the AA check in desk on Thursday 9th July at about 610am ( AA 291 schd at 850am)

Check in was quick and I asked the agent which lounge we used and I was told it was the DAA lounge.

There were pieces of paper from AA advising pax that at this busy travel period to go to CBP 2 hours prior to boarding!

Fast track was quick and I was in the DAA lounge by about 625am. The sign outside the door includes American. The EI Gold circle lounge is just down the corridor but does not state american airlines so I did not go in.

The lounge agent said we should head to CBP at 1 hr 15mins prior to departure.

The DAA lounge is fine with continental breakfast food but has a Nespresso machine.

About 1 hr 30 before my flight I headed to CBP. There is a business class line for the security check ( electrical items out of bags) before joining the CBP queue.

Tne line was busy and moved relatively slowly. Once I was half way down the line the agent started calling out for people with ESTAs to go to the machines ( I was well past that point and decided to stay in the line rather than having to move past people to get to the line for ESTAs.) By the time I got to the front of the line the line agents were just about to call for pax on AA291 who were in line.
The CBP officer showed me a picture of my bag and I was through quickly. En route to the gate there is a duty free shop which had bottles of water for 1 and a container to put the coin in if you had exact change.
By the time I got to the gate boarding had begun ( I think they had finished group 1 but used the priority lane and was soon on board).
Overall took about 45mins for the process but it was great to arrive at JFK and not worry about immigration.

Regards

TBS
The esta machines you mention,are they like the ones at MIA? That do your finger prints,passport etc? Those are in Dublin now?
Is the flight still an old non refurbished 757 and does it have wifi?
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Hi,

I believe they are same machines as they have in the US ( I have not used them yet ( they were out of action in LAX and I was travelling with my mom then who had not been to the US on her passport before so could not use them at LAX)

The DUB-JFK flight is on a 757 with the sloping business class seats. I did not see anything advertising wifi on board.

Regards

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