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by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 27, 2011

A survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association shows frequent travelers are willing to pay up to $150 to enroll in a trusted-traveler program that would allow for expedited security checks before flying. The USTA recently recommended that such a program be put in place for domestic air travelers, and the Transportation Security Administration is considering it for a rollout possibly as early as this fall. Among the more than 1,000 people polled, 45 percent were likely to join a trusted-traveler program, 75 percent of frequent business travelers were very or somewhat likely to sign up, and 61 percent of frequent leisure travelers were very or somewhat likely to enroll. A study released in December 2010 indicated frequent flyers would take two to three more trips per year if the hassle could be reduced without compromising security. According to the USTA, those additional trips would add $84.6 billion in travel spending and support 888,000 additional jobs.