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Government orders domestic airlines to turn over passenger information

[JURIST] The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will order domestic airlines to turn over personal information about passengers in order to test a system, called Secure Flight, that will compare their names to those on terrorist watch lists. A previous plan which checked passenger names against commercial databases and assigned a risk level to each was abandoned sue to privacy concerns. The airlines will have 30 days to comment on the proposed order. Air carriers will then have 10 days to turn over passenger name records that it gathered in June.

The amount of data in passenger name records will typically include name, flight origin, flight destination, flight time, duration of flight and form of payment. It may also include credit card numbers, address, telephone number and meal requests, which can indicate a person's ethnicity. Read the press release from the TSA announcing Secure Flight testing here. Read the documents published in the Federal Register here. AP has more.

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