Calls on Congress, TSA to Tap Fee Revenue for Security Operations
Alexandria, VA, January 16, 2019 – American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) President and CEO Zane Kerby issues the following statement in response to the ongoing federal government shutdown and its growing impact on the travel industry:
“ASTA calls on Congress and the Administration to work together to end the government shutdown. While the immediate impact to our industry is limited, the longer the shutdown lasts the greater the chance of negative economic consequences. We’re specifically concerned about issues ranging from airport security staffing to National Park and museum closures to air traffic control functions to passport and trusted traveler program enrollments to the macroeconomic consequences of 800,000 Americans going without a paycheck.
“With regard to airport security, we call on Congress and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to immediately halt to the diversion of a portion TSA security fees imposed or travelers to the federal government’s general fund, which has been ongoing since 2013. Derived from true ‘user fees,’ this revenue should be used to fund the TSA’s security screening operations rather than paying down the federal deficit, and thus limit the impact on the flying public.”
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.