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New law clears way for airports to drop TSA screeners
from The New York Times
A new law makes it easier for airports to replace federal screeners with private contractors, and several airports, after years of passenger complaints, are lining up to make the change. A House committee report found that private contractors could be more cost-effective than federal screeners. If the nation's top 35 airports switched to private contractors, the report said, taxpayers would save $1 billion during the next five years. More
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TSA tries letting older fliers keep on shoes at airports
from USA Today
Airline passengers who are at least 75 years old will be able to keep their shoes and light jackets on at security checkpoints at four airports starting March 19, the Transportation Security Administration said. The changes are similar to those adopted in September for children up to age 12 and will reduce — but not eliminate — pat-downs for the elderly. More
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Automation considered for checking identification at airports
from The New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration has spent a lot of money on technology to keep dangerous items off planes — with mixed results — but has been slower to address another risk: travelers who are using a fake boarding pass or identification. More
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Opinion: How not to attract tourists
from The New York Times
As Americans, we like to imagine our country as we think of ourselves: open-hearted and welcoming, efficient and practical, easygoing above all. Whatever foreigners think of the American experiment, though, it's unlikely the experience of crossing our border has made them think better of it. More
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$100 to fly through the airport
from The Wall Street Journal
Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can bypass the hassle. Approved travelers who are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "Global Entry" program can transfer into TSA's expedited screening program, "Precheck," using their Global Entry number. More
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Roger Dow tapped for Lifetime Achievement Award
from Meetings Focus
Industry champion Roger Dow will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in May at Ataway Exchange, a conference that brings together thought leaders from the travel and technology fields. Slated to take place in Orlando, Fla., the Ataway conference's final day on May 9 will feature the award ceremony, at which time Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will talk about his career and make a donation in his name to Tourism Cares. More
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Survey: Gas prices won't change spring travel plans for many
from Los Angeles Times
With the average price of a gallon of gas in the Los Angeles area about 42 cents higher than it was a year ago, many Southern Californians are cutting back on unnecessary driving, but most are going ahead with spring break travel plans. Two-thirds of Southlanders surveyed by the Auto Club of Southern California said higher gasoline prices have affected their household budget, but 57 percent said they plan to take a leisure trip this spring anyway. More
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Analysis: Hotel suppliers add jobs as renovations rise
from Reuters
Kevin Sanders spent much of the past year bolstering his sales force, banking on a recovery in the hotel business. Sanders, vice president of the hospitality group at Shaw Industries, hired 15 new sales representatives in 2011, added 17 regional vice presidents and formed a strategic account team that created four new jobs. He's glad he did. Shaw is scrambling to keep up with orders from hotel owners looking to renovate their properties as quickly as possible. More
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Yellowstone touted as international economic driver
from Wyoming Business Report
Yellowstone National Park is one of only 21 World Heritage Sites in the United States touted by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as an international economic driver. During a recent town hall with tourism and business leaders in Philadelphia, Salazar emphasized the importance of such economic growth and job creation in the United States. More
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