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Monday, January 23, 2006


"The Man" strikes again:

TSA: Program may use fliers' financial data

He's gonna charge you $80-$100 a year to bypass those pesky lines at LAX.

A new program to speed travelers through airport security may require passengers to agree to a check of their personal and financial records, the Transportation Security Administration said.
You shop, therefore you are.
The TSA said it will require "in-depth security background checks" that may involve "using commercial data" for people applying to the Registered Traveler program that starts in June.
"Registered Traveler program."

That's the best they could do?

Freedom Traveler!
The checks will help verify people's identities to prove they have no ties to terrorism.

Commercial databases hold personal information from credit reports, property records, shopping histories and other records. TSA chief Kip Hawley said such data can be useful in flagging terrorists, who often won't appear in most U.S. commercial lists.
The program will create reserved lanes for people who pass the background check and pay an annual fee, expected to be $80 to $100.
There it is: Another "annual" fee.

Bet they move that to a monthly fee in the future.
Security requirements such as removing jackets and shoes will be lifted as approved passengers go through metal detectors.
A hundred bucks a year to keep your shoes on?

What a bargain.

("Daddy, why can't we go in the short line?" "All I've got is a 'ghetto Visa,' son. Maybe someday.")
Congress barred the TSA from using commercial data on airline passengers after a government probe criticized the agency last year for improperly storing 100 million records on travelers when it said no data storage would occur.

The TSA says the ban does not apply to Registered Traveler because the program is voluntary and the background checks would be done by companies at an airport.

It would be the company that determines whether applicants pose a terrorist threat, TSA spokeswoman Amy von Walter said.
"Sir, could you step aside?"


"You've never shopped at Abercrombie...never eaten at an Outback Steakhouse. Step aside."
The TSA would approve background-check programs. Hawley, the TSA chief, said a background check must give "a high degree of confidence that an individual is not a terrorist."

"Using commercial data is one avenue," Hawley added.
"You've never even been in a Best Buy. Are you a member of...the American Al-Qaeda?"


More later...this morning.


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