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Government takes steps to make flying safer

July 1, 2010, 10:24 pm

The Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to make flying safer. A program called "Secure Flight" is designed to help protect pilots and passengers while in the air.

Another program objective is to fill some of the security gaps outlined by the 9/11 Commission Report.

While parts of the "Secure Flight" initiative were implemented late last year, it wasn't until recently that all passengers became subject to being matched against a watch list of suspected terrorists. Certain individuals may then be selected for more in-depth screening.

"Secure Flight fulfills a key recommendation of the of the 9/11 Commission Report, enabling the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers directly against government watch lists using passenger name, date of birth, and gender before a boarding pass is issued," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "This program is one of our many layers of security - coordinated with our partners in the airline industry and governments around the world - that we leverage to protect the traveling public against threats of terrorism."

The initiative will impact all domestic and international flights by the end of the year.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19870270-ADNFCR

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