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Privacy Issue Delays Change in Airport Screening System

A privacy dispute with airlines has derailed the government’s effort to modernize the system used to pick out suspicious passengers at airports, and officials of the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that they would not say when it would be running. Congressional auditors reported Thursday that the plan faces unanswered questions about preventing abuse of the data, guarding privacy and coping with inaccuracies. The report, by the General Accounting Office, was issued as British Airways acknowledged that it had canceled a London-to-Washington flight for the fifth time this year, because of intelligence information about possible terrorist threats. It also canceled a flight from London to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Full Story

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