TSA to network boarding pass scanners to terrorist watch list

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The fraudulent document technology scanners the Transportation Security Administration plans on rolling out to airports will now be networked with the no-fly list, the Homeland Security Department says.

In a Jan. 18 privacy impact assessment (.pdf), TSA says it plans to connect the scanners to watch lists via its Secure Flight program, which matches passenger data to databases of suspected terrorists. TSA announced a three U.S. airports pilot of the scanners--dubbed the Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning System--in April 2012.

The scanners are meant to replace the current system in which a TSA officer called the "travel document checker" looks intently at a boarding pass and passenger identification under ultraviolent light before scrawling an assent for the passenger to proceed.

Network CAT/BPSS machines will receive Secure Flight data via the TSA network "in such a way that only the Secure Flight data for passengers scheduled to fly from a specific airport will be sent to CAT/BPSS devices at that airport," the privacy assessment says.

The scanner will retain data on individuals for up to 24 hours after flight departure.

For more:
- download the PIA (.pdf)

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