U.S. Travel assembles panel to address airport hassles

By Jerry Limone

The U.S. Travel Association has appointed a blue-ribbon panel to produce a roadmap for easing airport security hassles.

The group includes Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security; Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines; Jim Turner, former congressman and former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee; and Sam Gilliland, CEO of Sabre Holdings.

RogerDow"We've got to take the hassle out of air travel," said U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow. "When consumers decide it's too much trouble to fly, they hop in their car and visit mom and pop. But when they want to fly, they'll take a big trip."

U.S. Travel said the panel will "provide a fresh evaluation of the air travel security system, exploring new technologies and best practices from around the world."

The panel will analyze process improvements, technology, infrastructure, capital investments and privacy protections, U.S. Travel said.

The group expects to deliver a blueprint for secure and efficient security screening to members of Congress and the Obama administration this summer.

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