CREATE Study Concludes Significant Impact on Travel Volume due to Passport Inspection Times



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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

investment."

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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About CREATE

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.

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