Airlines pushing TSA to consider passenger convenience:

12/31/2009 | · Reuters

Airline executives are warning TSA officials that airport security hassles could dampen demand for air travel, especially shorter trips. One executive told The New York Times that inconvenience, rather than fear, would keep people from flying. "If it means three hours in line at an airport, they aren't going to take their trips," he said. Pressure from the industry may have led the TSA to quickly reverse some of its more severe measures, the Times reports, including the requirement that airlines switch off in-flight entertainment systems for international travel. A spokesman for the ATA notes that even with the recent spike in security, travel is still much easier than it was following 9/11. "If you remember what it was like post 9/11, then take a look at it now. You generally get through that process pretty quick," he says.

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