The leading trade group representing the world's airlines is questioning security measures said to cost the industry some $5.9 billion a year. With airline losses expected to reach $11 billion this year, the International Air Transport Association argues that security risks "must be prioritized to allocate resources where they are most needed." Speaking at an aviation security conference in South Africa this week, Denmark's civil aviation chief agreed that reforms are needed. "We are spending too much time on screening low-risk passengers instead of identifying high-risk passengers," Kurt Larsen told attendees, arguing that U.S. measures implemented in the wake of 9/11 were intended mainly to reassure the traveling public.

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