5 ways the TSA is watching you BEFORE you’re at the airport (2)

5 New Ways the T.S.A. Searches You Before a Flight
The blue glove of the T.S.A. may start to reach much further than your carry-on.
Posted by Catherine Crawford , October 27, 2013 at 09:44 AM

If you have an upcoming flight, you’ve probably already been through security — even if you are nowhere near the airport. The Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) will now inspect passengers much more closely, for both domestic and international flights, by surveying a host of different databases.

Here are five new stealthy scans you might unwittingly undergo (well) before boarding your next flight:

1) Your employment and any criminal information. The T.S.A. has within its grasp all of our tax identification numbers and law enforcement information.

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Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

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.

While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States.

The prescreening, some of which is already taking place, is described in documents the T.S.A. released to comply with government regulations about the collection and use of individuals’ data, but the details of the program have not been publicly announced.

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