The Transportation Security Administration has proposed the outsourcing of PreCheck to private companies, a proposal that would allow companies to access the credit card data and social media posts of those applying for the program.
PreCheck allows selected passengers to skip security lines at airports.
However, privacy advocates are alarmed that the TSA is turning over what should be a government responsibility to the private sector, which has less checks on it than the public sector.
Some, though, say that TSA does not have the necessary budget or personnel to continue to do the PreCheck program without help from outside companies.
Chris Calabrese, senior policy director at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington-based think tank, is not sure how the companies would use the information they collect about travelers.
He stated to the Washington Times:
If PreCheck says for whatever reason I am a higher-danger traveler, what is DHS or TSA supposed to do with that information? Should I be watch-listed? Should I be given a chance to contest? These are very hard questions with real consequences. If I’m a traveler who thinks I’m signing up for the fast lane and it turns out I’m really signing up for the ‘you get searched every single time you go through’ lane, it’s less customer service.
Advocates of the program think that private companies would help market PreCheck to more people and provide better customer service.
Patricia Rojas, vice president of government relations at the U.S. Travel Association, stated: “It’s a win-win proposition because it allows the U.S. government to take a more focused approach to our homeland security as opposed to the system that we originally developed where we basically just had a blanket review of everyone.”
What do you think? Should TSA place PreCheck in private hands or not?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom