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Column: Many travelers praise PreCheck

August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012
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  • Column: Many travelers praise PreCheck
    Some travelers participating in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program say they are not always directed to expedited screening, writes Rob Lovitt. Nevertheless, many travelers praise the program on social media sites. Meanwhile, even pre-screened travelers participating in PreCheck will remain subject to random screening, TSA Associate Administrator Douglas Hofsass said. “The reason we don’t give access to everyone all the time (is to keep it) random and unpredictable,” he said. “If, in fact, we had someone who got into the program with ill intent, we don’t want them to game the system by thinking that they’re going to get expedited screening every time they travel.” NBC News (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday in a court filing denied allegations that it intentionally delayed holding public hearings regarding airport security scanners. Last year, a federal appeals court ordered the TSA to "act promptly" to hold the hearings. In the court filing, the TSA attributed the delays to staffing issues and also explained that it was still waiting for approval from the Department of Homeland Security to release public documents related to its decision to rely upon the scanners as its “primary” security apparatus. Wired.com (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Global air traffic slowed growth in July, IATA reports
    International air passenger traffic rose 3.5% in July compared with the figures in July 2011 — the metric’s smallest monthly rise this year, the International Air Transport Association reports. "It becomes clear that since early this year the pace of air travel expansion has slowed, largely as a result of falling business confidence and world trade," the group said in a statement. Reuters (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    JetBlue launched the "All Your Pet Can Jet" pass Wednesday that allows customers to bring small pets on an unlimited number of flights between Sept. 7 and Dec. 31 for a flat fee of $299. Holiday travelers can save a bundle on the usual $200 round-trip fee for pets, this feature says. The offer applies to anywhere that JetBlue flies except for Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados. ABC News (8/29) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: U.S. should focus on cost-benefit analysis for aviation security
    A recent report considers whether the benefits of aviation security outweigh the costs. The RAND report recommends that the U.S. should focus on getting the most security for the least expense. “Commercial aviation plays a central role in the national economy, and attacks on planes and airports have long been a threat by terrorists worldwide,” said Brian Jackson, a report co-author and a senior researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “But it has also become clear that the public’s tolerance for inconvenience and other security costs is not inexhaustible. The benefits of aviation security must be weighed against the costs in providing that security.” HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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