Anyone who works at an airport or aboard a cruise ship will have his identity checked against government watch lists, just like commercial airline passengers. The change, included in the intelligence bill passed by Congress this week, means hundreds of thousands of additional names will be compared with those on two lists — one for people suspected of terrorism, the other for people the government says require additional scrutiny for some other reason. Cruise passengers, but not crews, already are checked against the lists within 15 minutes of a ship’s departure. Once President Bush signs the bill into law, it will require passengers and crews to be checked before the ship sets sail. The procedures must start within six months after the bill becomes law. Full Story
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