Wednesday, 27 October 2004

"Registered Terrorists"

Even the business travellers on whom the USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had undoubtedly counted for support of the TSA’s Registered Traveler scheme — one prong, along with Secure Flight as the other, of the bifurcated reincarnation of the CAPPS-II airline passenger surveillance, profiling, and monitoring system — are turning against traveller registration as they relaize, not just its unfairness, but how it would make them and all travellers less secure.

Here’s the latest in this vein from David Meyer, editor-in-chief of Business Travel News:

Editorial: Bush Administration Lacks Airline Security Leadership
(Business Travel News, 25 October 2004)

… Lately, a good deal of energy and expense is being put into
creating a two-tier screening system that would expedite travel
for frequent travelers willing to submit to pre-screening. The
idea is to cut lines and hassle for those who register, but it
doesn’t make good sense, when it comes to security, for
screeners to give less scrutiny to registered travelers who
could be registered terrorists.

It certainly doesn’t make sense to compromise the security of
all for the convenience of a few, particularly when that
convenience amounts to little more than leaving the grandmother
and grandchildren in the longer line so the businessman can get
on the same plane a few minutes faster.

Creating E-ZPass lanes for frequent travelers is conceptually
appealing to the business traveler, but compromises security.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 27 October 2004, 11:13 (11:13 AM)
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