WASHINGTON and OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato and Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of ACI-NA issued the following statements in response to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) announcement of the inclusion of Canadian NEXUS members in TSA's PreCheck Known Traveler pilot program:
"We applaud TSA's announcement on the expansion of PreCheck to our Canadian neighbors. ACI-NA has long advocated for a more risk-based approach to aviation security that also facilitates improvements in customer service," said Principato. "Allowing NEXUS members to use trusted traveler lanes in Canadian airports and to participate in PreCheck in the United States offers real benefits for passengers and creates incentives for additional travelers to enroll in the program. ACI-NA encourages TSA to work with other countries to reach agreements to allow members of international trusted traveler programs that have been appropriately vetted to also become eligible to participate in PreCheck," Principato concluded.
"Canada's airports have been working closely with both our colleagues in the U.S. and with the Canadian government to streamline the travel experience for our passengers within a secure environment," said Gooch. "We strongly support greater collaboration with our partners in the U.S. and abroad on innovative programs like NEXUS."
The mission of Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of air carrier airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities. ACI-NA represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. More than 350 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.
SOURCE: CANADIAN AIRPORTS COUNCIL
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