Fly­ing? You’re ‘of in­ter­est’

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Big Brother is com­ing to an air­port near you. Big gov­ern­ment wants do­mes­tic air­ports to use bio­met­rics to reg­is­ter all trav­el­ers when they en­ter or leave our coun­try. And big busi­ness is ready.

Delta Air­lines is re­port­edly go­ing to start test­ing fa­cial-recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy in Min­nesota. The air­line says it wants to make check­ing bags more ef­fi­cient. Jet Blue will start test­ing tech­nol­ogy in Bos­ton that will re­place board­ing passes with face scans. And the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to sub­sti­tute fin­ger­prints for IDs and board­ing passes.

Every Amer­i­can that trav­els by plane is now con­sid­ered a per­son of in­ter­est by “our” gov­ern­ment. Is this how the global war on ter­ror should be fought?

CHUCK MANN Greens­boro, N.C.

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