Thursday, October 11, 2007

The latest Security Theatre

U.S. demands passenger lists for sun flights


From Thursday's Globe and Mail

The U.S. government has angered Canada's airlines with a proposal to order them to hand over personal information about passengers who take flights that go south over U.S. airspace en route to sunny destinations.

Although the planes wouldn't take off from or land on American soil, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing that Canadian carriers send passenger manifests up to 72 hours in advance of departures to popular winter escapes such as Mexico and the Caribbean.

What a handy way to track Americans who travel to Cuba from Canadian airports.

And Canadians doing business in the US who visit Cuba.

And oh, yeah, spot potential terrorists who plan to hijack a plane and fly it into a US target, because that is certainly how they'll strike again, because nobody's watching for it and no changes have been made to airline security to thwart it (such as locked, reinforced cockpit doors).




Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

I really really hope Canada confronts this with a firm "No," instead of what will probably happen, which will be some kind of diplomatic yap-session where the "requirement" gets watered down into a "request we make of our Very Good Friends Up There whose security procedures we of course Totally Trust."

5:35 p.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

Next, we go after your geese.

3:52 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

I'd say NFTP got it in one... although I also really, really hope they say NO as well.

Sherwood, too late!

9:48 a.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

... and two years too late, at that.

1:27 p.m.  

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