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Airport Security

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Brittney Pond

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of Airport Security

Airport Security
Aviation and Transportation Security Act
This Act was passed in 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (9/11). The purpose of this Act was to protect travelers and security in America.
Constitutional Issue: Infringement on Privacy Rights
Can the Transportation Security Administration obtain personal information about passengers by searching government and private databases?
TSA Can Access Personal Information
Tax identification number
Past travel records
Property records
Physical characteristics
Intelligence information
Car registration
Employment information
S. 1447 (107th): Aviation and Transportation Security Act (2001)
(A) Full name. (B) The date of birth and citizenship. (C) Gender. (D) The passport number/country. (E) The United States visa number or resident alien card number. (F) Other information that is reasonably necessary to ensure aviation safety.

New Regulations: Risk Based Security Initiatives
PreCheck is a new program that allows frequent fliers to pass through security more quickly after submitting their fingerprints and undergoing a criminal-background check.
This helps the TSA better divide travelers in terms of risk.
How Does This Happen?
The TSA searches government and private databases to collect information about all travelers to prove which people are a high security risk.
In order to maintain the safety in all airports, the TSA conducts these searches.
Can the Information be
New Technologies
Privacy notices on these databases note that personal information can be shared with:
The Department of Homeland Security
Federal, state, and local authorities
Foreign governments
Government agencies
Private companies
Law enforcement
Full Body Scans
Luggage Checks
Metal Detectors
Background checks
Personal Information
Legal Issue: TSA's right to obtain travelers personal information.
Current Legal Status: Under the Aviation and Security Act, this act is constitutional.


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"The Right of Privacy." Exploring Constitutional Conflicts. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.
Fourth Amendment: "privacy of the person and possessions against unreasonable searches."
People are concerned with their privacy and safety.
They are reluctant to give up a degree of privacy to improve safety precautions.
Shocking Images
Security officers at airports see these images daily.
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