Alexandria, VA (July 11, 2016) – Last week, Congress unveiled its plan to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill is a compromise between the House and Senate to avert a shutdown on July 15 and fund the FAA through September 2017. The House and the Senate are expected to vote on the bill before breaking for the political conventions beginning on July 15.
Although GBTA is frustrated with Congress’ inability to pass long-term funding legislation, we are pleased Congress is moving forward with this effort. Air travel is vital to business travel. Corporations send their travelers on more than 40 million trips a month – most of which include air travel. Keeping the FAA running is vital to the U.S. economy.
Included in the bill is language on third party enrollment for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program that GBTA members lobbied Congress for during its Legislative Symposium and Fly-In this May. Long airport security lines causing unnecessary travel disruptions highlighted the importance of increasing enrollment into the Precheck program. GBTA advocated for language that allows private sector companies to partner with TSA to improve and expand the TSA PreCheck program.
“PreCheck is a winner for passengers, leading to increased traveler satisfaction and overall safety,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “Allowing fully vetted and secure private companies to partner and expand the enrollment of this program will improve air travel safety and increase business travel, which drives the overall economy.”
GBTA research has found travelers in PreCheck are 88 percent more satisfied with their overall trip than others. Another recent study performed by The University of Newcastle in Australia in collaboration with Ohio State University, found with PreCheck security measures in full force, the risk of an air-cabin attack was reduced by 99 percent – a full percentage point greater than when standard TSA security measures are in place.
“GBTA calls on Congress to pass this FAA extension and continue working on a long-term solution for the nation’s air traffic control system,” McCormick added. “Air travel is too important to the nation’s business travelers and our economy to let this wait any longer.”
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À propos de l'Association mondiale des voyages d'affaires
La Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) est la première organisation commerciale de voyages d'affaires et de réunions au monde. Son siège social est situé dans la région de Washington, DC et elle opère sur six continents. Plus de 9 000 membres de GBTA gèrent chaque année plus de $345 milliards de dépenses mondiales de voyages d'affaires et de réunions. GBTA et la Fondation GBTA offrent une éducation, des événements, des recherches, des plaidoyers et des médias de classe mondiale à un réseau mondial en pleine croissance de plus de 28 000 professionnels du voyage et 125 000 contacts actifs. Pour savoir comment les voyages d'affaires stimulent la croissance durable des entreprises, gbta.org