Sun, Aug 29, 2004
Sees replacement for CAPPS II as a positive step, TSA mitigates
privacy and cost concerns
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) said on Saturday
that it views the TSA's announcement that it will test and
implement the Secure Flight air passenger prescreening program
instead of the CAPPS II program as a positive step toward meeting
the privacy and operational concerns with passenger prescreening
raised by NBTA and other business, travel and privacy groups.
In a conference call today with TSA, NBTA learned that Secure
Flight avoids the broad passenger risk assessment and law
enforcement functions proposed for CAPPS II to focus solely on
identifying passengers listed on no-fly lists and on lists of known
and potential terrorists. The program promises a better, faster and
standardized process of redress for passengers incorrectly
identified as being on one of the target lists.
Because Secure Flight
uses data housed in existing air carrier systems, it will not
require corporations, travel agents, Global Distribution Systems
(GDSs) or carriers to incur significant compliance costs as was
expected under CAPPS II. TSA explained Secure Flight will include
"strict privacy protections including passenger redress procedures,
data security mechanisms, and limitations on use."
NBTA President and CEO, Carol. A. Devine, said, "NBTA has
continually lobbied in favor of reforming the CAPPS II proposal.
The announcement of Secure Flight indicates that TSA has heard our
concerns and is working to meet them. Like the collaborative effort
that is the hallmark of the Registered Traveler Pilot Program, NBTA
will continue to encourage private and public sector cooperation in
the various programs related to securing our nation's
transportation system. As Secure Flight is tested and rolled out,
NBTA will continue to monitor how well the program meets privacy
and cost concerns."
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