Can Airline Travel Survive the War on Terror?

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For airline passengers bound for the US, it was a holiday season of delays, cancellations and military-jet escorts. At airports, there were armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and body searches. Starting today, foreign visitors--who account for only 24 million of 500 million annual entries--will be fingerprinted and photographed in an attempt to stifle the terrorist threats to commercial aviation that appear to be likely for years to come. Is intelligence information good enough to justify all the disruption? Will the counter-measures work? What will fear of attack and inconvenience mean for the airlines, already struggling economically to keep their planes in the air? Can the airline industry survive the war on terror? We speak with journalists and airline management experts.
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Associated Press article on India-Pakistan meeting

Department of Homeland Security

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Transportation Security Administration

US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology System (US-VISIT)

Mars Exploration Project



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