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Washington, DC - The U.S Travel Association and a panel of travel and security experts today unveiled a groundbreaking plan to improve security at America's airports and reduce the burden on travelers. Among the most notable recommendations are the creation of a trusted traveler program and a requirement that travelers be allowed to check at least one bag at no additional cost to the ticket price as a means to reduce the amount of luggage going through the security checkpoint.
The need for reform was made especially clear by recent research revealing that travelers are avoiding two to three trips per year due to unnecessary hassles associated with the security screening process. These avoided trips come at a cost of $85 billion and 900,000 jobs to the American economy.
The recommendations, the culmination of a year-long analysis to remake aviation security screening, were issued in a report titled “A Better Way: Building a World Class System for Aviation Security,” and call on Congress to own responsibility for improving the current system through effective policy decisions. U.S. Travel and its panel of experts set out to achieve three primary goals:
Improve the TSA checkpoint by increasing efficiency, decreasing passenger wait times and screening passengers based on risk;
Generate greater governmental efficiency and cooperation in executing its security responsibilities; and
Restructure America's national approach to aviation security by developing and using risk management methods and tools.
Originally posted by boncho
What I could see happening here is the development of a tiered system. First class and frequent flyers get the best treatment and the odd traveler gets the current standard.