TSA to Pre-Screen Air Travelers’ Tax Info, Property Records, Travel History

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
11/05/2013
       
TSA to Pre-Screen Air Travelers’ Tax Info, Property Records, Travel History

The TSA will now pre-screen citizens' tax records, travel histories, property records, and more before allowing them to travel by air.

Owe money to the IRS? Having trouble making your mortgage payments? Ever been sued or been arrested?

Soon, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will know the answers to these questions before you pass through security, and they might affect whether you are cleared for travel.

In a recently published article, the New York Times reported:

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.

The complete list of sources of personal data reviewed by the TSA also includes:

▪private employment information

▪vehicle registrations

▪travel history

▪property ownership records

▪physical characteristics

▪tax identification numbers

▪past travel itineraries

▪law enforcement information

▪“intelligence” information

▪passport numbers

▪frequent flier information

▪other “identifiers” linked to DHS databases

What does all of this have to do with “national security?” The New York Times writes that the “the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk.”

The TSA released the documents detailing the depth of this screening, but has refused to comment publicly.

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