The Transportation Security Administration currently is collecting feedback about its Secure Flight air passenger program, and to date, most of those commenting have been opposed to the program or aspects of it for various reasons. ASTA, for example, has concerns with the timeline for implementing the new rules. It is "still unclear to us how the data the travel agents will end up collecting -- because they are the front-line sales force for most of the people who end up on airplanes -- is going to be passed from the global distribution systems ... to the airlines to the government," said Paul Ruden, senior vice president of legal and industry affairs at ASTA.

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