Mon, Nov 15, 2004
Order Clears Way For Testing Of "Secure Flight"
The TSA last week announced the
issuance of the Final Order in the Federal Register on Monday,
requiring air carriers to provide historical passenger name record
(PNR) information to TSA for testing. The 30-day block of PNR data
will be used to test TSA’s new passenger pre-screening
program, Secure Flight, which will work to prevent terrorists and
others who pose a threat from boarding aircraft. The deadline for
airlines to submit the data to TSA is November 23.
"TSA has created Secure Flight as another tool to further our
mission to combat terrorism and protect the nation's air
travelers," said Rear Admiral David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant
Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA. "The data from the airlines
will enable us to test the program's operating capacity and
fine-tune it. This process will also provide an opportunity to
ensure that privacy safeguards are appropriately addressed before
moving to implementation."
TSA is requesting PNR data for domestic flight segments flown
between June 1, 2004 and June 30, 2004. Air carriers may elect to
exclude PNRs that contain information about flight segments between
the European Union and the United States.
Under Secure Flight, TSA will take over from the air carriers,
comparison of domestic airline Passenger Name Record (PNR)
information against records contained in the consolidated Terrorist
Screening Center Database (TSDB), to include the expanded No-Fly
and Selectee lists.
Testing will be governed by strict privacy and data security
protections. Historical passenger information provided for testing
will be used in a limited test with commercial data to determine if
passenger information is incorrect or inaccurate, and to help
resolve false positive matches against TSDB records. TSA is firmly
committed to maintaining robust privacy protections during the
testing of these procedures.
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