Chilling effect on economy and way of life: Travel community reacts to REAL ID deadline


WASHINGTON, DC – US Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s announced deadline of January 22, 2018 for REAL ID compliance:

“Having a hard deadline for REAL ID compliance is almost a relief for travelers—the growing misinformation was not helping anyone. Rendering many Americans’ drivers’ licenses insufficient for travel would obviously have a chilling effect on our economy and way of life, but we’re hopeful and confident that states and the federal government will solve these issues well before sending us over that precipice. Striking the correct balance between security and convenience is not and should not be a zero-sum policymaking game.”