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Travel group to pressure Congress for airport security reforms
from The Washington Post
A travel industry group will begin a campaign for changes in airport security with an effort to marshal public support to put pressure on Congress. The U.S. Travel Association plans to use advertising in airports, newspapers and the Internet advocacy in an effort to reform security tactics it says frustrate many travelers and persuade more than a few not to fly at all. "It's one thing to put an idea forward, but it's another to follow through," said Geoff Freeman, executive vice president of the group that includes a spectrum of travel businesses ranging from airlines and airports to hotel corporations. "We've invested too much time in this to let it die on the vine." More
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Travel lobby releases new ads as buzz
grows over TSA pat-downs

from Orlando Sentinel
As buzz picks up over the recent airport pat-down of a 6-year-old girl, the lobbying group for the travel industry released a campaign aimed at urging Congress to create a "trusted traveler" program. The campaign by the U.S. Travel Association is designed to promote a system that would allow travelers to voluntarily submit personal information in exchange for certain benefits in the security line, such as leaving their shoes on or laptops in bags. More
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Destination: USA
from Forbes
When President Barack Obama visited Brazil last month, Brazilian TV ran a story on how difficult it is to get a visa to visit the United States. Some of the complaints from Brazilians on the process ranged from having to wait several hours in line, traveling hundreds of miles to visit the consulate, the hassle of an interview and the added burden of paying a large fee. More
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US visa system can discourage visitors from coming to the US
from Aviation Online
The U.S. Travel Association calls on Congress and the Obama administration to create jobs by reducing barriers to international travelers and create a smarter visa system. The single greatest roadblock to increasing international travel to the United States is an inefficient visa system that can discourage visitors from coming to the U.S., the head of the U.S. Travel Association told Congress. More
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Airline lose your suitcase? Government says you should get your checked-bag fee back
from Chicago Tribune
You've already paid $15, $20, even $35 to check your bag on a flight. Then the airline loses it. You don't even get your money back. The government wants to change that, tackling two of the biggest complaints about the air travel industry — poor service and the explosion of fees — at once. Major airlines, which collect $3.3 billion in bag fees each year, are opposed. More
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TSA security looks at people who complain about TSA security
from CNN
Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line. Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN exclusively has learned. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny. More
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Summer airfares may climb 15 percent from a year earlier
from Los Angeles Times
As the summer travel season approaches, airline industry experts predict that soaring fuel prices and a sharp pickup in passenger demand will push airfares up 15 percent over a year earlier — to levels not seen since before the economic downturn. Fare hikes already have begun, with six of the nation's largest airlines each raising rates at least five times since Jan. 1 for nearly all routes. More
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Rising travel taxes: Survey shows they're impacting
travel plans

from Budget Travel
As city, county and state governments look for more ways to boost their revenues, they're relying on higher taxes on everything from hotel rooms to airfare, car rentals to bus fares, and travelers are starting to notice, a recent survey shows. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 49 percent of travelers say they have scaled back their plans because of higher travel taxes, including staying at less expensive hotels and traveling during the off-season, a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults who have completed overnight travel sometime in the last year showed. More
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