Geoff Freeman, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the U.S. Travel Association, has been named chairman of the Passenger Advocacy subcommittee of the Aviation Security Advisory Council (ASAC) of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Freeman’s appointment strengthens the travel industry’s ability to advocate for continued improvements to the aviation security screening process, as well as customs and entry procedures.
For almost two decades, the FAA and then TSA operated an ASAC that engaged a wide array of interested stakeholders in a dialogue on aviation security issues and policies. The ASAC members took the time to consider and learn difficult and technological issues and made meaningful recommendations to the FAA and then to TSA. Though TSA discontinued meetings of this federal advisory council in 2006, it recently reinstated the committee to provide private sector input to TSA on aviation security.
“Travelers deserve to have a voice in Washington when it comes to the aviation screening process and entry procedures,” said Freeman. “I look forward to working with the subcommittee members on crafting an agenda that improves the traveler experience, maintains security and improves the overall air travel process.”
The ASAC Passenger Advocacy subcommittee is charged with presenting recommendations to TSA on issues, programs and initiatives that have a potential or actual impact on the traveling public.
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output and supports 14.4 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
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