3/30/2010

After more than eight years of beefing up aviation security, the U.S. must not assume "that the current screening system is the best we can do," writes Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association. The common impression that "Fortress America" is an unwelcoming place has led to a drop in arrivals of foreign tourists, even as international travel in the rest of the world has soared. To help reverse that trend, USTA is convening a bipartisan panel of experts to recommend steps that can provide "frictionless security" at U.S. airports. "Participants will think beyond what the process looks like today, understand the dual need for security and efficiency, and have the best interests of travelers at heart, including their reasonable concerns about privacy and time," Dow writes.

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