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Feds to test airline passenger risk-detection system

The government is getting ready to test a new risk-detection system that would check background information and assign a threat level to everyone who buys a ticket for a commercial flight. The system, ordered by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks, will gather much more information on passengers. Delta Air Lines will try it out at three airports beginning next month, and a comprehensive system could be in place by the end of the year. Transportation officials say a contractor will be picked soon to build the nationwide computer system, which will check such things as credit reports and bank account activity and compare passenger names with those on government watch lists. Advocates say the system will weed out dangerous people while ensuring law-abiding citizens aren’t given unnecessary scrutiny. Critics see a potential for unconstitutional invasions of privacy and for database mix-ups that could lead to innocent people being branded security risks. Full Story

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