US Travel Association Advocates Trusted Traveler System
The U.S. Travel Association wants adoption of a trusted traveler program to make airport screening faster and encourage more travel.
The Association, whose members include hotels, car rental services and amusement parks, worked with security experts to develop recommendations to improve the screening process, which has turned off travelers because of searches seen as invasive and long wait times to get through security.
"The country that put a man on the moon, invented the Internet and creates daily innovations in manufacturing can and must do better in screening passengers and improving our air travel experience," Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the association, said in a statement.
The group advocates that a trusted traveler program be implemented for domestic and international passengers who go through a background check ahead of time, allowing screeners to focus on higher-risk travellers. Additionally, authorities should also allow passengers arriving from international flights and who are considered to be a low risk, be allowed to connect to domestic flights without going through screening again, the group recommended.