SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

August 23, 2007 12:56 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security President and Founder Supports Congressman Filner

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security today supported Congressman Filner's position during an altercation he recently had at Dulles International Airport with a baggage claim worker when his luggage was misplaced. For the full story, go to,2933,293834,00.html.

"Congressman Filner had finally had enough of the broken luggage system in America, and he did what thousands of travelers want to do -- he spoke up and refused to be treated like a child by an unconcerned, uninformed, and perceived all-powerful airline employee," said Richard A. Altomare, President and Founder of the Coalition for Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP).

"The 64-year-old Congressman, who was on his way to visit troops in Iraq, obviously remembered when airports were less restrictive and terrorist fears weren't supposed to be transferred to uniformed security personnel. His behavior is one of a frustrated leader and is understandable under the circumstances. He should not be legally reprimanded for the incompetence and arrogance of specific luggage workers in that airport.

"In a politically correct world, many may criticize the good Congressman for not refusing to step away when improperly ordered to do so by the same airline which lost his luggage in the first place. Violation of rights goes both ways and most travelers are exactly at that stage of frustration as they wait in lines, have their luggage lost regularly (57 every minute), and are having their right of free speech eliminated by our governmentally created, over-reactive fear, of terrorists in airports today.

"Bravo for Congressman Filner's remembrance of what it means to be a proactive American. Expect more and then improve upon it. That's why our Coalition and its 40 members support and understand his act of frustration on the part of every abused traveler who is without his political position.

"The Coalition does not necessarily condone walking into secured areas, or putting their hands on someone, but we do understand the frustration of travelers, particularly frequent travelers who are constantly manhandled, verbally abused by security and other workers, and who have their important items lost or misplaced. The system needs to change or unfortunately, the current system will see more and more of these types of situations, that quite frankly, it provokes," concluded Mr. Altomare.

A link to Mr. Altomare's position paper on luggage security can be found at:

About The Coalition for Luggage Security

The Coalition for Luggage Security was established to ensure the safety of travelers through alternate means of luggage transportation. The Coalition consists of prominent businesspersons and companies that educate the public, Congress and the Administration on the importance of solving the luggage and cargo safety issues that exist in airlines and airports.

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