From AIRwise News:
August 16, 2004
The US government plans to take over screening airline passengers against a 'no-fly' list of potential terrorists, a security official said on Monday, a controversial function now performed by the airlines that has resulted in at least one lawsuit.
The government can do a better job of catching suspected terrorists if it checks passenger names against the no-fly list, rather than relying on airlines to do the screening, Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson said.
Having the government screen airline passengers with the no-fly list is one of the recommendations made by the September 11 Commission.
Hutchinson's comments to the Senate Commerce Committee signaled that the government plans to forge ahead with some elements of its long-delayed upgrade of the Computer Assisted Passenger Profiling System, or CAPPS II, even as other elements have been deemed too controversial.
The agency in July shelved plans to hire private contractors to check passengers' credit reports, mortgage payments and other personal information after more than a year of challenges from civil-liberties groups.
The no-fly list has come under legal challenge as well.
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