airport screening

Movement For Quarantine-Free U.K.-U.S. Travel Faces Tests

Business travel is an important economic enabler and New York-London is a critical business travel route. If authorities on both sides can confirm negative Covid tests by incoming travelers and limit their stays, why not exempt them from quarantine rules? Organizers of a pilot program intend to find out starting this month. A Switzerland-based nonprofit…

Meet The Official Accused Of Helping Trump Politicize Homeland Security

President Donald Trump this week revealed plans to nominate Chad Wolf, currently acting Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security, to be Secretary of Homeland Security. The news followed the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s conclusion, announced Aug. 14, that Wolf’s appointment as acting Secretary was invalid. Therefore, according to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, (D-Miss.), Chairman…

How Business Travelers Got Caught Up In Immigration Politics, What Could Be Next And Why GBTA Took A Position Some Didn’t Expect

[UPDATE, July 24, 2020: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would lift the ban on New Yorkers enrolling in or renewing membership for federal trusted traveler programs. In a Thursday statement, DHS explained that New York amended laws to allow federal access to the state’s DMV records as part of a resident’s trusted…

GBTA Supports But U.S. Travel And ASTA Oppose Trump Administration Move To Exclude New York Residents From Trusted Traveler Programs

The Global Business Travel Association expressed support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to suspend enrollments and renewals in Global Entry and related “trusted traveler” programs for New York state residents. The statement differed from what two other industry groups, the American Society of Travel Advisors and the U.S. Travel Association, had to…

Op Ed: Mark Meader On Real ID’s Looming Deadline

“Real ID” requirements at U.S. airports are now just 11 months off. American Society of Travel Advisors SVP Mark Meader provides the pertinent details and implores the industry to make sure no traveler is caught unaware. Travel management companies, travel managers and the travelers they serve should be aware that the final phase of Real…

What’s A Business Traveler’s Time Worth?

U.S. authorities this week said an expanded “laptop ban” is “still on the table.” A prohibition on large personal electronic devices in passenger cabins on all transatlantic flights would decimate productivity. The International Air Transport Association estimated the impact at $1.1 billon annually. How did it come up with that number? Moreover, do corporate travel…

Messy Handling Of Global Entry Eligibility Mirrors Wider Chaos Following Executive Order

Confusion following President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order suspending entry into the United States by people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen also colored the government’s handling of business traveler-friendly expedited screening programs. A media official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection late Wednesday responded to questions sent Monday about revocations…

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