Lorraine Howerton is the senior director of government relations for the U.S. Travel Association. In her current role, Howerton is responsible for outreach to advance U.S. Travel’s legislative priorities in Congress. She also creates policy messaging that will engage lawmakers on travel issues.

Howerton focuses on issues related to transportation security, federal travel and emergency preparedness.  Howerton also serves as U.S. Travel’s representative on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee which provides advice to the TSA administrator on aviation security matters. She joined the U.S. Travel Association in June of 2015, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in government relations and public affairs in the private, association, and government sectors with a record of significant federal accomplishments in the transportation sector.

Prior to U.S. Travel, Howerton held positions at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Air Transport Association (now Airlines for America), the United States Department of Transportation and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Howerton holds a B.A. in public affairs from Trinity University.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll discuss a recent development toward expanding the Visa Waiver Program and recap how our industry engaged with Interior Department officials in support of National Public Lands Day. You’ll also learn about a positive step for air travel.

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Two Bills Take Flight That Will Impact TSA

July 25, 2018

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is one of the most crucial lines of defense in maintaining the safety of air travel in the U.S. U.S. Travel has been working with Congress on a number of measures that will have an impact on the future of the TSA and its ability to operate and grow.

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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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January 12, 2018
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The “initial enforcement” deadline for REAL ID compliance has been extended to October 1, 2020. Here’s what travelers from every state need to know about the REAL ID Act and here’s an answer to the question we are hearing most often.

October 25, 2017
TSA Pre✓® Expedited Screening

U.S. Travel hopes the addition of five new international airlines to TSA PreCheck will inspire even more travelers to enroll in this valuable expedited screening program, improving aviation security for all flyers.

July 06, 2017
TSA Precheck Toolkit Perks

The travel community congratulates TSA on this milestone, and hopes to see continued growth for this valuable expedited screening program.

May 31, 2017
TSA Pre✓® Expedited Screening

U.S. Travel hopes the addition of seven new airlines to TSA PreCheck will inspire even more travelers to enroll in this valuable expedited screening program.

March 01, 2017
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Before we start talking about a $1 TSA fee increase, purportedly included in President Trump’s budget, let’s remember that one third of TSA fees are already being diverted away from the agency for non-security purposes.

January 27, 2017
TSA Precheck Toolkit Perks

U.S. Travel hopes the expansion to 11 more airlines will spur even more travelers to enroll in TSA’s valuable expedited screening program.