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Government to test risk-based airport screening
from The Associated Press via Forbes
The Transportation Security Administration said recently it will test a program to prescreen a small group of select air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at airport checkpoints. The new program represents the Obama administration's first attempt at a more risk-based, intelligence-driven passenger screening program that could respond to travelers' complaints the government is not using common sense when it screens all passengers at airports in the same manner. More
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Foreigners flocking to US for bargains
from The Christian Science Monitor via Alaska Dispatch
The truthful international traveler will acknowledge that of the U.S.'s many attractions — hamburgers, shopping malls, the Statute of Liberty — its cheap prices spurred by a weak dollar are among the most enticing. More
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US plans to unveil travel marketing campaign in the fall
from Travel Weekly
The Corporation for Travel Promotion plans to stage a "coming-out party" at the World Travel Market in London in November, when it will unveil a brand identity and sketch out the theme for a global marketing campaign. CEO Jim Evans said the campaign itself is targeted to be launched at the ITB Berlin travel show in March. He said he expects the CTP will have $150 million in industry and government matching funds for marketing during its first year. More
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One-fifth of new jobs in June were in travel industry
from The Florida Times-Union
Of the 57,000 private-sector jobs created in June, more than 1 in 5 were added in the travel industry, the U.S. Travel Association announced. In the wake of the June 2011 Labor Department report on employment numbers, the association noted 12,000 new jobs were travel related. More
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TSA takes first steps toward 'trusted traveler' program
from CNN via WLKY-TV
After hinting for months that he would start a "trusted traveler" program to expedite screening at airport checkpoints, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole has taken his first step in that direction, announcing a pilot project for passengers who release certain information about themselves voluntarily. More
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On the road: Trying to revive 'trusted traveler' program
from The New York Times
Joe Sharkey writes, "Like most business travelers, I would welcome the opportunity to provide the government with some basic information to indicate I am not inclined to acts of terrorism, and in turn receive a special pass that lets me get through airport security with my shoes on and my personal dignity relatively intact." More
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Security for entering US layer after layer
from The Washington Post
The multilayered, multifaceted and multinational security system that has been constructed to protect the United States from terrorists led to denial of visas to 2.2 million of 9 million foreign applicants last year, according to data presented to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. More
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Business travel growth expected to slow
from Bloomberg Businessweek
Corporate America still is on the road, but travel shows signs of slowing amid the nation's sluggish economic recovery. Business travelers now are expected to take 447.2 million trips this year, up 2.3 percent from last year but down from a projected increase of 3.4 percent just three months ago, the Global Business Travel Association reported. More
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US airports still have security vulnerabilities
from The Associated Press via Google News
It has been almost 10 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and U.S. airports still are not as secure as they need to be. More than 14,000 people have found their way into sensitive areas, and approximately 6,000 travelers have made it past government screeners without proper scrutiny, according to a congressman who is leading an inquiry into the deficiencies. More
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