Security Searches Start Long Before Flyers Arrive at the Airport
In this Jan. 4, 2010 file photo, TSA officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Elaine Thompson / AP Photo
Flyers disliked the TSA long before details of their intrusive data dives came to light. The revelations will not help America’s image among travelers, which already suffers comparative to other countries who identify travel as an important economic driver.
Excerpt from New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.
While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States.