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Passenger Screening, Take 10

A controversial and much-delayed upgrade of the current airline passenger-screening system has gained new momentum, as officials have started testing the newly centralized computer system using real passenger data and are looking to see if commercial databases can help verify passengers’ identification. Currently, airline passengers are screened by individual airlines, which select passengers for extra screening or rejection based on whether a person’s name matches or approximates those on government watch lists. Passengers who fly one-way or pay with cash are also more likely to be patted down and searched. Full Story

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