Air Travel: Quicker & Safer?
In an article entitled "Software and Smart Cards", by Samantha Levine in the March 14, 2005 U.S. News and World Report, Samantha states that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the process of spending hundreds of millons of dollars in research and new technology aimed at taking some of the hassle out of the flying experience. Since June the TSA has been running a test program where registered, prescreened air passengers are on a "fast-track" program allowing them to bypass cumbersome checkpoints and skip most secondary screenings. The U.S. has now teamed with Amsterdam's "fast-track" flying security program to make flying international easier. The government is now giving the nod to the private-sector, i.e. individual airports and airlines, to develop their own "easy-pass" programs. Economists say that the private sector can do it in a more efficient way, both service and cost. Do you see any loopholes in this new system? Are prescreened passengers always going to faithful domestics or can a mole/terrorist work his way in? Is it smart for the government to let the private sector develop it's own "easy-pass" systems?