19-Nov-2010 10:23 AM

Travel professionals pragmatic but concerned about TSA security measures

US National Business Travel Association (NBTA) released (18-Nov-2010) a survey of 934 travel professionals revealed a majority of respondents (81%) currently feel they would accept the new TSA security measures for air travel, which include expanded use of full-body screening machines and enhanced pat-down procedures. Slightly more than half of travel professionals (54%) support the new procedures, while less than a third (27%) oppose them. [more]

NBTA:Business travel professionals are adopting a wait-and-see attitude toward these new measures. They are realistic about the threats to our aviation system and understand the TSA’s remit to protect the traveling public. However, they are also concerned about security measures that may add delays and disruptions to an already challenging travel security process. This is why NBTA supports the new Secure Flight requirements and Global Entry program, which help to narrow the window of threats. We also urge TSA to build on to these current layers of protection by reinstating a domestic registered traveler program with a security component. Taken together, these programs can allow TSA to focus on possible threats and efficiently facilitate travel.” Mike McCormick, Executive Director of NBTA. Source: Company statement.

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