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TSA unveils new passenger prescreening program

The Transportation Security Administration today took the wraps off the Secure Flight passenger prescreening program, which it seeks to build as a replacement for the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening Program that airlines use to keep suspect travelers off planes. Secure Flight follows hard on the heels of the agency’s defunct CAPPS II program, and TSA took pains to distinguish the new program from its discredited predecessor. CAPPS II never went live. But it raised a firestorm of controversy about privacy issues that eventually killed it. TSA Administrator Adm. David Stone said during a conference call this afternoon that while CAPPS II relied on algorithms that would assess the likelihood that an individual would be a terrorist threat, Secure Flight would check passenger data against terrorist databases maintained by the interagency Terrorist Screening Center, the FBI and the intelligence community. Full Story

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