Some New Jersey residents split on airline passenger information reviews

(11/15/04) NEWARK New Jersey residents have split opinions about their personal flight information being reviewed by the U.S. Transportations Safety Administration.

Soon, airlines will submit passenger information to the U.S. government in order to test a new program called Secure Flight. In order to test the program, carriers will have to turn over passenger information from this past June to the government by November 23. The aim of Secure Flight is to check for terrorists trying to fly on commercial airlines.

Information that the government will be able to review includes travel itineraries, credit card numbers, contact information, meal orders, religious information and ethnic information. While many New Jersey residents feel this is a necessary step to keep the skies safer, others feel it is a gross infringement on their civil rights.

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