Travel Groups Speak Out in Support of PreCheck Expansion

by Jessica Montevago
Travel Groups Speak Out in Support of PreCheck Expansion

Photo: Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock.com


Travel groups are voicing their support of a bill that would modernize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with a variety of screening enhancements.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the U.S. Travel Association are lobbying for the TSA Modernization Act, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in September, which would update security technology and expand the PreCheck program. The bill remains in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

In the past year alone, the TSA has experienced two out of 10 of the busiest days in its history. The bill aims to ease some of this congestion while improving security measures. A provision would allow the agency to deploy “biometric technology at checkpoints, screening lanes, bag drop and boarding areas, and other areas where such deployment would enhance security and facilitate passenger movement.”

Additionally, the bill aims to expand the PreCheck program, which provides for expedited screening for low-risk travelers, with a goal of 15 million people registered in the program by 2020, upping enrollment by 10 million from the current 5 million.

“One thing we would love to see, and this legislation does include, is kiosks at the airport that do all of the application process for PreCheck,” Lorraine Howerton, senior director of the U.S. Travel Association, told the Washington Examiner. “Currently as it stands, you have to go and get your fingerprint taken, and you have to look for a facility where you can actually do that. So, third parties involved in the process allow for flexibility in getting folks to sign up.”

Last month, a coalition of eight travel industry organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocating for the legislation and citing that in 2016, TSA screened more than 100 million travelers more than they did in 2013.

Andrew Meehan, vice president of government relations at GBTA, told the paper, “It’s always been a priority for the GBTA to support PreCheck because it’s one of those things that increases security, while at the same time, facilitates travel.”

  0
  0
Tip of the Day
The professional travel advisor’s job is to equip the traveler with the necessary information to enable a good decision that will reflect that person’s own risk tolerance.
 
Paul Ruden
Daily Top List

Most Powerful Passports in the World

1. United Arab Emirates

2. Singapore

3. Germany

4. Denmark

5. Sweden

Source: Passport Index

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance as First Member on African Continent
Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance as First Member on African Continent

The alliance also added Fiji Airways as its first member in a new membership category, Oneworld Connect.

Will 2019 Be the Year NDC Bookings Gain Momentum?
Will 2019 Be the Year NDC Bookings Gain Momentum?

More than 50 airlines around the world are now certified at NDC Level 3, IATA’s highest NDC certification level, as well as the main GDSs.

LaGuardia Airport Opens First Wing in Redeveloped Terminal
LaGuardia Airport Opens First Wing in Redeveloped Terminal

The new space includes state of the art fixtures and upscale retail brands, including an outpost of the fabled FAO Schwartz toy store.

Wow Air Gets a Lifeline from Frontier Airlines
Wow Air Gets a Lifeline from Frontier Airlines

Indigo Partners, a private equity firm that has a stake in Frontier, has stepped in to help and said it has a strategic vision for Wow Air.

European Airlines Adding Transatlantic Flights for 2019 as Brexit Fears Ease
European Airlines Adding Transatlantic Flights for 2019 as Brexit Fears Ease

Low-cost carrier Norwegian and TAP Air Portugal are among the airlines planning to expand their flight networks in the U.S., starting in the spring.

Delta Air Lines Unveils First Biometric Terminal in Atlanta
Delta Air Lines Unveils First Biometric Terminal in Atlanta

Passengers at the Delta terminal in Atlanta can use facial recognition technology ‘from curb to gate.’

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Tauck