DHS: Passengers now screened before boarding passes
November 30th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

DHS: Passengers now screened before boarding passes

All passengers flying within or to the United States are now being screened against government watch lists before they get their boarding passes, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

The Transportation Security Administration achieved the target a month ahead of schedule, DHS said in a statement.

Screening all passengers was a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the department said.'


soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    And lots of passengers will be barred from flying because they have a name that is identical or similar to somebody on these lists. Why don't we screen people before they buy a ticket? or better, before they enter a travel agency's office?

    November 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      And something about travel warnings: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/dont-travel-to-europe/

      November 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpt Hiller

      Haven't you ever wanted to be part of something special?

      November 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunny in Raleigh

      Why reinvent the wheel........follow Israel's procedures.

      November 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DHS

    Consult with Israel. Surveil for MILES before airport facility entry. Watch behaviours etc

    November 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpt Hiller

      What do you want us to do?

      November 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DHS

    @Moser loved it!

    November 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpt Hiller

      Hey, you have any idea how long it takes for those cups to decompose?

      November 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Seamus Wardowski

    Wow, it only took ten years to make this happen. I applaud their motivation and ingenuity and raw ability to get things done.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      but hey, give'm credit – they did get it done a month ahead of schedule! Now that's the old gov't in action! I know how to get the lists right and accurate (not confusing me with someone else with a similar name, etc) – if the TSA and gov't gestapo organizations screw up and keep an innocent from boarding (after all, as you are in America, you are innocent until proven guilty, you know?), they pay. Maybe as little as for the lost ticket, a new one, and hotel, but they should have to pay. I'm surprised the lawyer piranha's aren't circling like sharks on this one!

      November 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      piranha's circling like sharks? Why not circling like piranha, lol. Ahh the metaphors we try to use.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. kuuipo

    It is not cool to put people thru this like they are guilty of carrying something in their belongings! however, we do need to be sure we are flying safely, so what do u do?! just go with the flow i guess. we all had to do something we didn't want to do one time or another in our lives to get what we wanted so i guess this is the same thing!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sgt. Slaughter

    @ seamus


    And no one is any safer now than they have been for the past 10 yrs since 9/11/01

    False security, bullsh-t and mirrors for the libs who would rather lose their liberty just to feel all warm and fuzzy

    November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Good ole Sarge. Let's do away with all security. Is that your proposal – why should anyone feel safe. Damn, just rough it – take it like a man! Right?

      Geez – Actually – its the repubs taking away all our liberty dufus. The Patriot Act – remember? Surveillance without warrants – Ring a bell? And you fault the dems for protecting us – until a plane get blown up, Then it will be the dems fault for not doing enough – right ole buddy?
      Go get a life!

      December 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |

    why dont they just make the plane with all ejector seats.. you act up-boing your gone..

    November 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Janet

    Duh! What's the point of these "watch lists" if this wasn't already being done? I believe the underpants bomber was identified as on the watch list AFTER HE WAS IN THE AIR. A computer program should be able to identify a potentially dangerous passenger IMMEDIATELY after his/her name is added to a watch list. Unfortunately, from what I've heard and read, these watch lists have been misused and abused. One CNN commentator was put on the list because he did an expose' on screening of passengers.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    At what point do the airlines become absolutely livid? I'm surprised they are not yet.

    November 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rollie

    The airlines can only grit their teeth, because they are afraid of government retribution. The FAA can find anything to screw with aircraft airworthiness, flight crew medicals, passengers held too long on the tarmac, and on and on. Guess who controls the FAA? That's right – big brother. They grounded 300 MD80's just for fun after FAA got skewered in front of a congressional hearing. The issue: cable harnesses into the wheel wells were to have laces spaced one inch apart, but some were found as far as +/- 1/4" , no signs of chaffing anywhere. Arbitrary BS, but they have the unbridled power. This is why the airlines just have bottle it.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. shay

    Damn i always have to go thru extra security all because i had a knee replacement so i just love to fly i usally always miss my connecting flight go go go it's so fun being disabled and going thru security man sure am glad i dont have fake breast or a clostamy or how ever you spell it bag

    December 1, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. brian d

    I say screen EVERYBODY the same and send the whiners to sarges house so they can catch a ride w allibobba

    December 1, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. shay

    Oh heck everyone just hug that should work oh crap 60's flashback sorry back now same check for everyone wont work you see males and females have different hiding spots and tomorrow we'll teach you your numbers 🙂

    December 1, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |