USTA recommends one free checked bag to bolster security

By Lauren Darson

A new U.S Travel Association report recommends Congress and the Transportation Security Administration create a "risk-based" trusted-traveler program and require airlines to allow travelers to check at least one bag at no additional cost in order to reduce the amount of luggage going through airport security checkpoints.

USTA also suggested that TSA "improve their education and communication on security rules and regulations" to the general traveling public, cut down on duplicative security screening for international arrivals and expand trusted-traveler programs to international passengers.

USTA also recommends giving TSA authority over the entire checkpoint area.

The report called upon the federal government to create a panel of experts to "implement well-defined risk-management processes."

The Air Transport Association of America in a statement criticized USTA's bag-fee proposal, saying that "dictating how airlines deliver and price their products and services diminishes customer choice and competitive differentiation among carriers" and "such a move benefits no one and unfortunately detracts from important aspects of their recommendations."

This report originally appeared in sister publication Business Travel News. 

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