After a decade of enhanced aviation security post 9/11, US Travel Association president Roger Dow is set to testify in a Senate Committee Hearing on 2 November, claiming current security procedures are hampering travel and US economy growth.
According to the US Travel Association, the US economy is missing out on $85 billion in consumer spending and 900,000 jobs because American travelers are avoiding flying due to the “hassles of air travel”.
“A 2010 study…found that American travelers would take an additional two to three flights per year if the hassles in security screening were eliminated,” the US Travel Association said.
“The price of security has come at the cost of efficiency and billions of dollars are being lost every day.”
Mr Dow is expected to address: reforms that can be made to the aviation security system to stimulate the economy; creating a risk-based trusted traveler program; steps to decrease the number of carry-on bags; and reconstitution of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee.
Also testifying will be Transportation Security Administration administrator John Pistole, International Air Transport Association’s Security and Travel Facilitation global director Kenneth Dunlap and American Association of Airport Executives president Charles Barclay.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A