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Air Transport Assn.(North America report)

Air Transport Assn. asked the US Dept. of Homeland Security to reinstate two programs that permit airline passengers to transit US airports en route to a third country without a visa that otherwise would be required to enter the US. DHS suspended the Transit Without Visa and International to International programs in Aug. citing credible intelligence that al-Qaida operatives were plotting future terrorist acts using civil aircraft as weapons.

According to ATA, six US airlines carried a combined 300,000 passengers between July 2002 and July 2003 under the two programs, generating more than $130 million in annual revenues. …

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