WASHINGTON – The U.S. Travel Association today launched a new website empowering travelers to share their opinions on air travel security screening with the Obama Administration, Congress and the travel industry. The new site, YourTravelVoice.org, is in direct response to the emerging vigorous debate over the efficacy and appropriateness of various security policies and the fact that a free flow of air travel is critical to the American economy and job creation.
“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the difficult responsibility of securing and facilitating air travel for two million passengers daily,” said Roger Dow, U.S. Travel’s president and CEO. “In our recent conversations with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and TSA Administrator Pistole, they stressed that they are always seeking ways to improve the air travel security screening process. We need to hear ideas and experiences from travelers to better inform our discussions with policymakers and build a screening process that maximizes security while minimizing the burden on travelers.”
U.S. Travel created YourTravelVoice.org after receiving nearly 1,000 unsolicited comments from travelers over the past week regarding new TSA techniques.
The website complements the “Blue Ribbon Panel for Frictionless Aviation Security” created by U.S. Travel in February to produce a long-term vision for America’s air travel security screening. The panel includes former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall, Sabre Inc. CEO Sam Gilliland, airport directors and a wide variety of security experts. Feedback received through YourTravelVoice.org will be considered in the panel’s final recommendations, expected to be released by February 1, 2011.
“Air travel is the gateway to commerce and job creation in the United States,” said Dow. “We look forward to working with Secretary Napolitano, Administrator Pistole and other government leaders to create a world-class passenger screening process that exceeds the expectations of the American public.”