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CREATE Study Concludes Significant Impact on Travel Volume due to
Passport Inspection Times
LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National
Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
today released a study that analyzes the impact of passport inspection
times on airline passenger volume at four major U.S. international
airports. The key results of the study reflect the economic impacts
of adding additional CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) - Office
of Field Operations (OFO) officers.
The study finds that, on net, adding 11 officers to the inspection
sites at the four airports is likely to result in an $11.8 million
increase in GDP and 81 additional jobs in an upper-bound case. Adding
sufficient officers to achieve a 50% reduction in wait time is likely
to result in a $95.4 million increase in GDP and 539 additional jobs
in an upper-bound case. Study results also include the value of wait
time saved to existing passengers, with an upper-bound of $9 million
for adding the 11 officers. According to CREATE economist Adam Rose,
"Alleviating traveler bottlenecks at U.S. airports is a sound
This study extends the research of "The Impact on the U.S. Economy of
Changes in Wait Times At Ports of Entry" completed on March 31, 2013
by a CREATE research team on the economic impacts of wait times at
U.S. ports of entry (see Roberts, et al. 2013). That study concluded
that adding 33 CBP officers (1 at each of the selected 33 land and
airport locations studied) will potentially lead to an increase in GDP
of $61.8 million and employment gains of 1,053 jobs in the U.S.
This new study extends the earlier project in several ways. It
evaluates how change in passport inspection wait time at U.S.
international airports impacts the number of passengers traveling by
air to and from the U.S. It also evaluates trends in the volume of
international air travelers arriving at U.S. airports and implications
for CBP-OFO resources, the impact of passport inspection wait time on
missed flight connections at international airports, and CBP-OFO
management of existing passport inspection resources.
According to lead author Bryan Roberts, "Study results suggest that
CBP-OFO generally manages its available inspection resources well in
response to changing conditions at U.S. airports, and that wait time
outcomes are driven primarily by overall availability of resources and
factors outside of CBP-OFO's control."
This study was completed by a team of CREATE researchers including
Bryan Roberts, Steve McGonegal, Fynnwin Prager, Dan Wei, Adam Rose,
Charles Baschnagel, Timothy Beggs, and Omeed Baghela.
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Established in 2004, CREATE is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Center of Excellence funded by Science & Technology Directorate,
Office of University Programs, and based at the University of
Southern California in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the
Viterbi School of Engineering.
SOURCE National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism
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CO: National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
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