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MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Tue May 31, 2005 10:18 pm

Orlando International Airport is poised to become the newest site for the government's test program for letting trusted travelers zip through security checkpoints. And what happens there will go a long way in determining whether the program goes nationwide.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched the Registered Traveler pilot program in partnership with selected airlines and airports across the country. The program is designed to improve the security screening process by helping TSA align screeners and resources with potential risks. For the pilot program, the airlines will send out invitations to their frequent travelers advising them of the opportunity to participate.
TSA has issued a Fact Sheet for the programhttp://www.tsa.gov/public/interweb/assetlibrary/Factsheet.pdf
he year-old Registered Traveler program has been open to just 10,000 people in a government-run test that eliminates security lines for applicants who pass a background check. So far, the program has been limited to customers of just a few airlines at five big airports in Boston, Houston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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RE: MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Tue May 31, 2005 11:33 pm

Since most major airports have an airline employee line(s), I always zip right through those no matter what airport I'm at, even if my airline doesn't even flight there. I've gotten through security in less than 5mins when it would've taken me well over 20mins.
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RE: MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Tue May 31, 2005 11:34 pm

Congratulations. For those of us who aren't employees it is nice to have this program.
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RE: MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Tue May 31, 2005 11:35 pm

bu tthen you get some that say "you can't come through w/o a boarding pass"
would be nice if they could straighten up their policies instead of having different rules at every airport.
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RE: MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Tue May 31, 2005 11:55 pm

Well, it would be good if this program expanded. I haven't really had to deal with long security lines in the past year or so (longest was a 10 minute wait at GSO back in October), and I haven't really had to use the elite lines that have been available to me (since a lot of the times I've travelled, there's only been no more than 3 people in front of me...I would guess this happens about 50% of the time to me...I just consider myself lucky that this happens a lot, even on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, no one in front of me in line!).

Anyone know what airlines would be affected here? Not that I fly much out of MCO, but I do have a few trips coming up out of there over the next year.

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RE: MCO Trusted Travelers Zip Through Security

Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:30 am

There are many issues with this program, yes it is a plus but at the same time there are issues where lets say im in the program, I skip ahead in line, they dont search me the fully as they do other passengers - - and knowing this, wouldnt I be at a higher risk, thus not getting proper screening for a high risk PAX (One-way ticket, Cash ect) . . . .

And there are many privacy issues, I can see a Corp. having a relationship with an airline. There is a cost basis behind this as well . .

After all we dont want NW giving NASA passenger information out again do we?

# EPIC Sues NASA for Passenger Info Disclosure Records. EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act suit (pdf) against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeking more information about Northwest Airlines' disclosure of passenger information to the agency. EPIC recently obtained documents revealing that the airline disclosed millions of passenger records to NASA for use in data mining and passenger profiling research. For more information, see EPIC's page on the Northwest disclosure.(Jan. 22, 2004)

# EPIC Files Privacy Complaint Against Northwest Airlines. In a complaint (pdf) filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, EPIC alleges that Northwest Airlines engaged in an unfair and deceptive practice when it disclosed millions of passenger records to the federal government. The complaint requests a DOT investigation and the imposition of appropriate sanctions. See EPIC's page on the Northwest disclosure for additional information. (Jan. 20, 2004)

# EPIC FOIA Request Reveals that Northwest Gave NASA Info on Millions of Passengers. Documents obtained by EPIC under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that Northwest Airlines, in violation of its stated privacy policy, released records concerning millions of airline passengers to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The information was used in support of research into government data mining and screening systems. NASA retained the data for almost two years, and returned it to the airline only after the public outcry over a similar improper disclosure by JetBlue. See EPIC's press release for more information and links to relevant NASA documents. (Jan. 18, 2004)EPIC FOIA Request Reveals that Northwest Gave NASA Info on Millions of Passengers

EPIC has urged the agency not to deploy the final phase of the
Registered Traveler program until it conducts a full evaluation of the
program's privacy implications. EPIC argued that the agency should
revise its information collection and maintenance practices to comply
fully with the intent of the Privacy Act.

EPIC made its recommendation in response to the agency's publication
of a notice describing its plans to launch the pilot phase of
Registered Traveler. The program asks individuals to volunteer to
undergo invasive background checks and provide biometric information
in exchange for the assurance that they will not be subjected to
random secondary screening at airports.

EPIC's comments noted the agency's record of secrecy and little regard
for individual privacy interests in the development of other programs,
pointing out that the agency has disclosed little information about
the controversial second generation Computer Assisted Passenger
Prescreening System (CAPPS II) in response to EPIC's repeated Freedom
of Information Act requests and has also exempted the system from key
Privacy Act provisions.

EPIC noted that TSA has unnecessarily exempted Registered Traveler
from crucial safeguards intended to promote record accuracy and secure
the privacy of individuals whose information is maintained within the
system. EPIC's comments addressed TSA's failure to provide
individuals with meaningful access to personal information and
meaningful opportunities to correct inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely
and incomplete information. EPIC also noted Registered Traveler's
exemption from the requirement that a system maintain only information
that is "relevant and necessary" to perform the system's function, and
asserted that TSA's broadly drawn "routine uses" of Registered
Traveler data would only heighten the system's privacy problems.

Ongoing Issue ~
1. who should be eligible to apply to the program;
2. the type and the extent of background checks needed to certify that applicants can enroll in the program, and who should perform them;
3. the security screening procedures that should apply to registered travelers, and how these would differ from those applied to other travelers; and
4. the extent to which equity, privacy, and liability issues would impede program implementation.

[Edited 2005-05-31 17:44:56]
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