Survey Says "Trusted Traveler Program" Will Improve Airline Security

I think that most business travelers would agree that while traveling for business used to be a perk, it's now more of a burden. It's frustrating to deal with the hassle of limiting your carry-on liquids, removing laptop computers from their cases and being forced to remove excess clothing, especially when you're a frequent traveler. 

Survey results just in from the U.S. Travel Association support an airport security makeover. According to the U.S Travel Association, 8 out of 10 respondents in the survey are in favor of a proposed "trusted traveler program" which would provide alternate screening measures for American citizens who submit to a background check and meet other risk criteria. This would greatly simplify the screening process for frequent travelers, many of which are traveling on business demands.

The survey also concluded that travelers would take an average of 2 to 3 more trips per year if this hassle was eliminated from the travel process. The U.S. Travel Association estimates that those additional trips would add $84.6 billion in travel spending and support 888,000 additional jobs.

This overwhelming majority support could change the way airports are operated in 2011, especially if Congress acts upon the demand early in the year as the respondents have requested.

How have security measures affected your business travel?
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