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U.S. Travel Reacts to New Security Measures on Inbound Flights to U.S.

As heightened security measures are poised to take effect for inbound travelers to the U.S., Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Travel Association, issued the following statement:

"Security adjustments rooted in legitimate concerns are a fact of life for travelers. It's essential that changes be clearly communicated, and also continually reassessed to ensure that they remain relevant -- and that disruption to legitimate travel is kept to a minimum.

"The American travel community continues to feel that both security and economic objectives could benefit from hearing that these policy moves are tailored to specific vulnerabilities. The world should hear that they are not intended to discourage travel generally, and that legitimate business and leisure travelers are as welcome as ever in the United States."

Per an AP report, five global long-haul airlines will begin new security interviews of all passengers on U.S.-bound flights starting Thursday, Oct. 26, at the request of American officials, the companies said Wednesday. Air France, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa planned to begin the enhanced screenings. A sixth carrier, Royal Jordanian, said it would initiate the new procedures in mid-January, after U.S. authorities granted the carrier's request for a delay in implementing the measures.

However, the airlines offered different descriptions of how the interviews would take place, ranging from another form a traveler would have to fill out to actually being questioned by an airline employee.

It wasn't immediately clear if other global airlines would be affected, though the Trump administration previously rolled out a laptop ban and travel bans that have thrown the international travel industry into disarray. 

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