JHFC on a crispy toasted cheesit

This just in from the home of the brave and the land of the free:

Under the new program, the airline will send information about everyone who books a flight to the TSA, including full name, home address, home telephone number, date of birth and travel itinerary. If the computer system identifies a threat, the TSA will notify federal or local law enforcement authorities. The agency has not indicated the number or type of personnel needed to oversee the program.

I just wonder how long it will be before they demand the same information from anyone flying to the US, or from anyone on a flight which might make a connection to a flight to the USA ..,

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1 Response to JHFC on a crispy toasted cheesit

  1. Rupert says:

    I rather enjoyed the pantomime of presenting my newly-minted I Visa to the immigration officer at SFO. He was an elderly Chinese chap, who reacted to the visa as if he’d never seen any such thing in all his puff. “Who you? Why you here?” he said in some distress – I thought of saying “You’re the Confucian, you tell me”, but arguing philosophy with men in uniform has never proved fruitful in the past.

    But they let me in. I was unsure whether it was worth getting the visa, since everyone else sneaks in on the waiver and almost never gets sent back in chains (although a French group of hacks suffered that fate earlier this year at a games show), and it doesn’t save you any paperwork. But it does seem to count for something with various classes of security types, who gratefully assume that someone more important than they has checked out the credentials of the holder and hold off on the questions.

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