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US secure flight programme now fully implemented

1-Dec-2010 10:47 AM

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced (30-Nov-2010) all 197 airlines that operate to/from and within the US are now submitting passenger information, including name, gender and birth date, so that passengers can be checked against US terrorist watchlists. All US domestic carriers began collecting the data in Jun-2010. The Secure Flight programme has been through three versions before implementation and delayed by a number of times due to privacy concerns. US Transportation Security Administration holds responsibility for screening passenger data before they receive boarding passes. Airlines were previously responsible for checking passengers against watchlists. [more]