The No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 is now the law of the land, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which announced yesterday that President Barack Obama has signed the bill just a week after Congress passed it.For a recap of last week's top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute:
"The No-Hassle Flying Act will maintain security while improving the travel experience for millions of international travelers," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "This is the kind of common sense legislation that makes a demonstrable difference in the facilitation of travel, and it makes our destination more appealing for welcoming travelers to the U.S."
The No-Hassle Flying Act allows the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to waive at its discretion re-screening of checked bags on connecting domestic flights when they originate from one of 14 international airports where U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established "preclearance operations." Instead of having to pick up their bags upon arrival in the United States, then re-check them for their domestic flight, international travelers from select destinations will therefore be able to check their bag only once, to their final destination.
In a statement last week, the TSA said the legislation "will greatly improve the customer experience and improve efficiency for cross-border travel."