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In April, TSA Deputy Administrator Holly Canevari joined U.S. Travel EVP of Public Affairs and Policy, Tori Barnes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a conversation on TSA’s innovative efforts to improve and modernize the travel experience. From CAT-2 to TSA Precheck Touchless ID, advancements in biometric screening technology are bolstering aviation security and streamlining operations at airports nationwide, and are widely supported by travelers.

However, a reckless FAA amendment by Senators Merkley and Kennedy threatens to ban TSA's use of these new technologies—risking longer security lines, reduced security and millions in wasted taxpayer dollars.

This amendment comes as the Commission on Seamless and Secure Travel, joined by leaders of TSA, Delta Air Lines and U.S. Travel Association, toured innovations that are enhancing security and efficiency during a field visit to Hartsfield-Jackson.

Listen in to the conversation below.

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“Atlanta’s airport is the busiest in the country and thousands of travelers each day choose to use automated identity verification technology for a safer and faster security experience,” said U.S. Travel CEO Geoff Freeman in a release. “It’s an example of how—if given the choice—travelers will choose safety and efficiency almost every time.”

The bottom line: In a time when our global competitors are embracing new technologies to improve travel, the U.S. can’t afford to adopt regressive policies that stifle innovation and undermine our global competitiveness.

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