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Chapter 6 Conclusions Eliminating baggage recheck is a difficult objective; a further reduction in the need for baggage recheck is a feasible objective. The potential risk that CBP associates with a traveler connecting to a destination outside the United States versus inside the United States is the key differential. At present four airports provide a facilitated process for select international-to- international connecting passengers. This existing precedent and CBP's willingness to support other passenger facilitation initiatives, which are not detrimental to its ability to complete its mission to protect the U.S. border, should provide airports, airlines, and travelers with general optimism. The elimination or reduction of baggage recheck for international arrivals could benefit more than 60,000 passengers and 21,000 bags per day and create savings of more than $400 million per year. These figures are based on 2010 traffic volumes. Some experts have projected a growth in international air traffic to 60 million by 2025; if that happens, U.S. airports and airlines will have a difficult time coping with the rapid growth in baggage handling services, staffing, and infrastructure. The range of potential solutions identified, analyzed, and tested include: · Activities before a flight takes off from a foreign airport, · Processes immediately upon arrival to a U.S. airport, and · Other measures undertaken prior to the next flight. The conclusions of this study reflect the aim to: · Introduce new ideas to allow CBP to meet its risk assessment of checked bags, · Reduce minimum connection time or increase reliability of connections, · Enhance passenger satisfaction, · Establish appropriate processes to ensure that the large majority of bags that have no risk issue are facilitated by airports and through airport arrivals processes, and · Introduce solutions that are amenable to facilities of various layouts and sizes. The conclusions of the study team are driven by two key directions: · Expand the number of airports (near term) that offer international-to-international facilita- tion services and airline participation at existing airports. Work on process and technological improvements to augment CBP risk management capabilities. · Introduce new risk management techniques (long term) such as X-ray image sharing and CBP algorithms to eliminate baggage recheck for international-to-international passengers and reduce baggage recheck for international-to-domestic passengers. 67