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US Security Rethinking Airline Screening
from Reuters
U.S. authorities will reconsider airline passenger screening procedures that have caused a public uproar on the eve of the busy holiday travel season, the top transport security official said on Monday. "We're going to look at how can we do the most effective screening in the least invasive way knowing that there's always a trade-off between security and privacy," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole told NBC's "Today" show. More
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NEW Study on the Drive Market

Often overshadowed by air travel, the drive market has economic impact throughout the journey -- with travelers stopping at small towns, attractions, restaurants, gas stations, and hotels, generating revenue throughout their trip.

U.S. Travel Association reports this is 85% of all travel in the U.S. Project 85 is the first study to segment this market, identifying who is the most valuable for destinations and travel providers.

The study is being conducted jointly by Solutionz (Solutionz.com) and Mandala Research (MandalaResearch.com). For information contact Laura@MandalaResearch.com or 703.798.5452.

Airport Security Measures Prompt New Website
from Reuters
Too shy for full-body scanners? Embarrassed by vigorous pat-downs? A new website invites travelers to share their views about tightened airport security measures. The U.S. Travel Association set up the website, YourTravelVoice.org, after it received more than 1,000 unsolicited comments from travelers about the increased security following recently foiled bomb plots involving U.S. bound parcels. More
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Traveler Voices
from Travel Weekly
Something new has appeared on the website of the U.S. Travel Association: a page for travelers. As the travel industry's Washington-based umbrella group, U.S. Travel is active in lobbying, research and promotion. Its public awareness campaigns seek to educate consumers and policymakers about the industry's economic importance and social benefits. More
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More on the Road than in the Air for Holiday Travel
from NPR
There is rising concern as the busy holiday travel season approaches that new airport security procedures are going to slow things down. Some people are so annoyed by new scanners and pat-downs, they plan to avoid the airport. Joshua Garcia usually flies his grandmother into Bethesda, Md., for Thanksgiving. But this year, he's loading up the family and driving seven hours to see her. "I'm packing up to go with my folks back to Cleveland, Ohio," he says. "I'm kind of packing a little early this year [and] had to take off work early because nobody wants to fly unfortunately." More
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Does the TSA Ever Catch Terrorists?
from Slate.com
Have TSA screeners ever actually prevented a terrorist attack? Citing national-security concerns, the TSA will not point to any specific cases in which a screener stopped a would-be terrorist at a checkpoint. Nonaffiliated security experts, such as Bruce Schneier, argue that that's because this has never happened. More
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TSA Lists Myths, Facts about Passenger Security Measures
from CNN
The TSA is not as bad you think they are. At least, that's what a list of "myths and facts" issued last week by the TSA about pat-downs and other security measures would like you to consider. Many Americans have reacted with displeasure, or even outrage, over recent high-profile stories about intrusive searches at airports. In one of the instances that reverberated the strongest, a California man's video of his encounter with TSA agents went viral. More
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Poll: 4 in 5 Support Full-Body Airport Scanners
from CBS News
Americans have differing views on two potentially inconvenient and invasive practices that airports could implement to uncover potential terrorist attacks, a new CBS News poll shows. Americans overwhelmingly approve of the use of full-body digital x-ray machines – a new technology in use at some airports in the U.S. Most, meanwhile, do not approve of racial or ethnic profiling – a practice not in place. More
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5-Day Wait for Beijing Flight Lures US Airlines
from Bloomberg Businessweek
One of Peter Philipp Wingsoe’s employees at a Los Angeles marketing firm recently waited five days for a business-class ticket on a United Airlines jet home from Beijing because planes were so packed. Those crowds are spurring United Continental Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and other U.S. carriers to expand flights to Asia, lured by economic growth in China that’s triple the U.S. rate and new access to an airport nearer to downtown Tokyo. “It’s been quite difficult, particularly getting last-minute flights,” said Wingsoe, 38, who makes about a half-dozen trips to Asia each year as managing partner at Entertainment Fusion Group. “There’s nothing open. Last year we could call the day of and get on, no problem.” More
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America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood to be Dec. 1
from the U.S. Travel Association
An event called “Dine America: AMERICA'S NIGHT OUT FOR GULF SEAFOOD” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1. More than 150 chefs and restaurants in cities across the country will participate in the first "America’s Night out for Gulf Seafood" to promote the safety of Gulf seafood in light of the BP oil spill. All of the participating restaurants will be serving a special dish that includes either fish, oysters, shrimp or crabs from the Gulf of Mexico, which supplies nearly half of the country's seafood.

"AMERICA'S NIGHT OUT FOR GULF SEAFOOD" is intended to show that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat and is the most scrutinized and tested seafood in the entire world. The special "night out" is also meant to honor the thousands of Americans and their families in the Gulf seafood industry who are now back to work, fishing the Gulf waters. Learn more at www.dineamerica2010.com. More

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Register Early and Save
for International Pow Wow

from the U.S. Travel Association
Make plans today to secure your booth space for U.S. Travel’s International Pow Wow, May 21-25, 2011 in San Francisco. Register by Nov. 29 at the lowest price and save up to $270 per delegate. 2011 is shaping up to be a record breaking year and U.S. Travel is expecting exhibit space to sell out with a larger buyer and media turnout for this extraordinary event. With passage of the Travel Promotion Act and the new Corporation for Travel Promotion board in place, now is the time to seize the great growth opportunity expected in international inbound travel to the United States. Time is running out to save and take advantage of the early bird discount. To register and learn more go to www.powwowonline.com.
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