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Using Your Face At The Airport To Drop A Bag And Save Two Minutes Is Just An Appetizer

Delta Air Lines said its new dedicated biometric baggage drop at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport could shave two minutes from the curb-to-plane trek. The technology behind the facial recognition system promises a much bigger wow factor for businesses and travelers in the near future. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated global adoption of touchless interactions at…

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Eyeing Program Expansion, TSA Expects New Providers To Begin PreCheck Enrollment This Year

Most travelers probably don’t know or care that a private-sector company is behind the enrollment process for TSA PreCheck. They might soon. To expand the program’s membership, TSA last month said it expected two new authorized enrollment providers to begin PreCheck services by year-end. This won’t change how members use the program to get through…

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…

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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…

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Op Ed: Eben Peck On How The FAA Bill Impacts Business Travel

Reauthorizing the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is never easy. Many times in the past, Congress punted and settled for an extension. This year, a new multi-year bill finally worked its way through both the Senate and House of Representatives. The American Society of Travel Advisors has been all over it, engaging with policymakers to lobby…

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Trump Policies Apparently Impacting Nexus, Global Entry Eligibility

Attorneys are observing an uptick in canceled Global Entry memberships, and they suspect it is related to President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and border controls. After a federal judge on Friday ruled to temporarily invalidate Trump’s so-called travel ban, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it “suspended any and all actions implementing the…

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Using PreCheck And Global Entry May Be A No-Brainer, Deciding Who Pays Isn’t

Travel managers looking to find a common practice among their peers on whether to reimburse for expedited airport processing are out of luck. Like many things, it’s a judgement call and depends on the organization’s culture. One-third of 350 corporate travel managers responding to an August survey by American Express Global Business Travel and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives indicated their…