Report: U.S. to push national air passenger database
Despite stiff resistance from airlines and privacy advocates, the U.S. government plans to push ahead this year with a vast computerized system to probe the backgrounds of all passengers boarding flights in the United States.
The Washington Post reports Monday that the government will compel airlines and airline reservation companies to hand over all passenger records for scrutiny by U.S. officials, creating a huge database on the backgrounds of every passenger before they board an aircraft.
Airport security screeners perform body scans on passengers. (AP
Under the plan, all travelers passing through U.S. airports will be scored with a number and a color that ranks their perceived threat to the aircraft.
A red rating means a passengers would be prohibited from boarding.
A yellow a passenger would get additional questioning at the security
checkpoint, and a green rating paves the way for a standard trip through
Another program that will introduced this year would speed frequent fliers through security lines in exchange for 'volunteering' personal information to the government.
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