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U.S. Travel Association Calls for Improved Air Travel Screening

The U.S. Travel Association has urged policymakers to embrace screening techniques that meet a three-part test: strengthen security, balance travellers' privacy needs and improve traveller facilitation.


January 4, 2010

In the wake of the attempted terrorism attack aboard a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day and President Obama’s call for enhanced screening of airline passengers, the U.S. Travel Association has urged policymakers to embrace screening techniques that meet a three-part test: strengthen security, balance travellers’ privacy needs and improve traveller facilitation.

The association highlighted “whole body imaging” (WBI) and increased use of canine security as examples of promising security measures in need of greater analysis.

“Security is job one and the travel industry is committed to working with President Obama and others in government to protect our customers,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “We must find new screening techniques that strengthen security, protect privacy and reduce wait times and other hassles for travellers. A 21st century security system can meet these objectives given the necessary financial resources and investment in research and development.”

U.S. Travel noted that WBI has received significant attention with regard to privacy, but significantly less focus has been paid to its security benefits, effect on wait times and any potential of reducing travellers’ hassles at security checkpoints. Meanwhile, the meetings and incentive travel industry is watching developments with keen interest.

For the full article, visit U.S. Travel Association’s site

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