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Airlines Urged to Agree on Prescreening Tests

A top U.S. security official urged airlines Friday to work out an industrywide approach to testing a system meant to gauge the risk posed by every passenger on every flight in the United States starting next year. After a scandal involving JetBlue Airways Corp., no single carrier should be expected to jump into the “middle of the bonfire” of privacy concerns sparked by the anti-terrorism measure, said James Loy, head of the Transportation Security Administration. Instead, the Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, must reach a consensus on supplying “historical” passenger data needed for the next phase of system testing, Loy, a retired Coast Guard admiral, told a news briefing. Last week, New York-based JetBlue admitted it had violated its own privacy policy by giving names, phone numbers and address of more than 1 million passengers to a contractor working on an Army database to identify suspected terrorists. Full Story

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