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New air passenger screening proposed

The chief of the Transportation Security Agency said Wednesday the agency is undertaking a major project to find better ways to screen backgrounds of airlines passengers, issue uniform identification cards to transportation workers, and develop a “registered traveler program” for people who will submit to thorough personal investigations. Retired Coast Guard Adm. James Loy, the undersecretary of Transportation for Security, told a panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington that two of TSA’s “enormously important” projects in 2003 will ultimately allow them to check the backgrounds of every air passenger and choose the ones for additional scrutiny. An average of 600 million passengers a year travel through the American private airline system, which has made individual scrutiny virtually impossible even after terrorists hijacked and crashed U.S. airliners in 2001. Full Story

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