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GBTA Statement on House T&I Committee Hearing on Airline Customer Service


In light of recent incidents, we are seeing some positive developments with changes in policy related to denied boarding compensation and operational use of security personnel. However, something that was clearly missing from today’s House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on customer service was the voice of the business traveler. We do hope to see

DHS’ Steve Yonkers Updates GBTA Legislative Summit Attendees on Real ID


Steve Yonkers, Director of Identity and Credentialing, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, Screening Coordination Office spoke about REAL ID issues at the 15th Annual GBTA Legislative Summit, an event that brings more than 100 travel professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers to share opinions on key issues. Yonkers provided background on

GBTA Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress


On Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first address to Congress. In his address, he said he will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs. The Global Business Travel

Stronger Together: GBTA Urges Policymakers to Keep Visa-Free Travel Reciprocity in Place Between Europe and the United States


GBTA has long supported and advocated for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in the United States, which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without obtaining a visa for stays of up to 90 days for business or leisure, but not for employment, study or residency. By making it easier for

Week in Review


Congress approved a short-term spending bill earlier this week avoiding a shutdown and keeping the government running through December 9. GBTA was pleased to see language included that will allow TSA to continue to fund increased personnel, however, a long-term solution is necessary. Travelers crave price transparency, according to Christopher Elliott in a USA Today

Bill Introduced to End Managed Inclusion for PreCheck


Today, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), John Katko (R-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) introduced a bill that would end managed inclusion for PreCheck, a practice where Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents allow travelers to use PreCheck lanes when they have not been properly vetted. GBTA, while a strong supporter of programs like TSA PreCheck, has been

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