U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy will be highlighting a new law that will make it easier for people to travel between Canada and the United States.

The Vermont Democrat will be at the Burlington International Airport Thursday afternoon to mark the arrival of the first direct flight of the season from Toronto’s Billy Bishop City Airport, located not far from the downtown.

The new Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act will make it possible for U.S.-bound customers to clear U.S. Customs before leaving Canada at a number of locations. The law will expand the number of land, rail, marine and airports offering pre-clearance in Canada from the present 15.

It’s hoped the law will also make it possible to restore Amtrak passenger rail service between Vermont and Montreal.

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Photo Credit: Burlington International Airport (shown above) in Vermont may be a beneficiary of a new law that expands U.S. Customs pre-clearance areas in Canada. Burlington International Airport