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Norton raises CAPPS II liability fears

New concerns about the potential financial liability of the Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) emerged in a heated House subcommittee hearing today. The controversial airport system has been plagued by problems with privacy, effectiveness, costs and delays since its initial incarnation. But in today’s hearing of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, the Washington, D.C., delegate to the House, argued that passengers could miss pivotal business transactions or other events with financial consequences if detained or delayed in the screening process. Norton presented a hypothetical situation in which passengers with the same name could trigger the system, resulting in missed flights and thus missed business deals. For instance, there could be another Eleanor H. Norton from Washington, D.C., she said. Full Story

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