Security and efficiency are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are equally important and equally achievable objectives.

Quick Facts

Trusted traveler programs offer a faster security screening process to pre-vetted domestic and international travelers, alleviating long lines and freeing both TSA and CBP officers to focus on unknown passengers.

In the interest of national security and providing a safe, efficient journey for travelers, U.S. Travel strongly advocates for the expansion of trusted traveler programs.


TSA Report: Transforming Security at Airports


Grow the TSA PreCheck Program

TSA PreCheck allows the TSA to refocus resources on higher-risk passengers and expedite screening of low-risk, pre-vetted travelers. Efforts to grow the program should focus on Four Ps: process, promotion, price and prioritization.

Expand Global Entry

By removing known, low-risk travelers from the regular screening process, expanding Global Entry enables CBP to focus resources on potentially riskier unknown travelers.

Transform the TSA

Implementing recommendations from U.S. Travel’s 2016 “Transforming Security at Airports” (RELATED RESEARCH in the right hand side bar) will improve efficiency and security at airport checkpoints, as well as ensure TSA is functioning at optimal levels.

Research, News and Commentary on Trusted Traveler Programs

2001 TSA

The TSA Checkpoint: Recommendations for Improving One of America’s Most Important Security Measures

May 17, 2018

It is critical that the TSA operate like a well-oiled machine—the screening process must be secure and effective, and it must also be efficient so travelers are encouraged to take more trips. 

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Travel Community Reacts to U.S. Government’s Open Skies Decision

May 14, 2018

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Department of State’s announcement that the U.S. has reached a deal with the United Arab Emirates regarding the two countries’ Open Skies aviation agreement.

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Empire State Building to Light Up Tuesday for National Travel and Tourism Week

May 07, 2018

National Travel and Tourism Week 2018 (NTTW) kicked off on Sunday, with hundreds of events planned by cities and destinations across the country.

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Washington Addresses Key Travel-Related Issues

April 27, 2018

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case concerning the president's 2017 executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain countries. The court’s ruling is expected within two months.

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U.S. Travel Association Statement on FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 27, 2018

U.S. Travel Association Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.

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U.S. Travel Association Reacts to Supreme Court Hearing on Trump Travel Ban

April 26, 2018

“The Supreme Court’s eventual decision will provide clarity for federal agencies and travelers alike, no longer leaving doubt as to the effect of the travel ban on select countries."

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