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Airlines Confirm Giving Passenger Data to FBI After 9/11

The nation’s largest airlines said yesterday that they provided passenger records to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in an acknowledgement that data sharing between the industry and government had been more widespread than previously known. The FBI requested as much as one year’s worth of passenger records from American, United, Delta and Northwest airlines in the days after the attacks, those airlines said yesterday. That could amount to millions of individual records. The airlines said they were willing to comply with the request because the FBI issued subpoenas and because they felt a sense of duty to assist the investigation. “This was a criminal investigation by the FBI that involved two of our planes and 18 of our employees,” United Airlines spokeswoman Jean Medina said. “We complied fully with their request.” Full Story

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