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I hate to tell you this...
By:Lynne
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2002, 3:14 pm
In Response To: with friends like this, who needs enemies (Socrates_)

but they've been keeping records on passengers for years. Maybe not centralized; ie accessible by one central database, but airlines have been required by the CAB as long as I've been working to keep these records.

I used to work for the airlines 25+ (and I ain't telling you how big the + is) years ago, and even back then, each airline was required to keep 7 years of flight information on all their passengers.

The problem was when the FBI required information, from what I hear, the airline usually had to bring in some programmers to get the info. However, a lot has changed since I first started programming. So, with the new database technology they have out there, it might be easier to get this information. I don't know. Perhaps they might already have it in place for their own use (like for frequent flyer programs, etc.)

I do know the airlines have had a lot of layoffs and like a lot of companies, have made cuts in their dataprocessing departments to save money. So, I don't think this will "Poof" appear, unless there is some money provided somewhere. My opinion, of course.

I just don't think this will be coming down the road quickly. I could be wrong, but I feel this announcement is more the government getting a centralized database rolling while it has its foot in the door, so to speak.

Messages In This Thread

with friends like this, who needs enemies
Socrates_ -- Friday, 1 February 2002, 11:53 am
Scary?
Cheryl -- Friday, 1 February 2002, 5:31 pm
The fine line
Myra -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 2:05 am
SCARY!
Dick S. -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 2:56 am
Cheryl, I agree... whenever
Verna O+ -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 11:25 am
Personal freedom
Myra -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 2:05 pm
Names
Jane -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 10:11 pm
re: names
Myra -- Monday, 4 February 2002, 12:09 am
Sons
Jane -- Monday, 4 February 2002, 10:50 am
My thoughts and love go with him too
Lila -- Sunday, 3 February 2002, 9:01 am
I just realized,...
Lila -- Sunday, 3 February 2002, 9:06 am
He's off soon...
Myra -- Monday, 4 February 2002, 12:16 am
Protecting the U.S.A.
Lila -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 11:03 am
Just curious...
mommatbird -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 12:06 pm
I'd love to answer that question...
Verna O+ -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 2:41 pm
psych perspective
Socrates_ -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 4:00 pm
Yep. For about $69.95 all your info is available already..
Sharyl -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 4:41 pm
Read that link, just a bit and
Myra -- Monday, 4 February 2002, 12:59 am
FINALLY!
Cheryl -- Monday, 4 February 2002, 10:37 am
This I don't believe
Myra -- Tuesday, 5 February 2002, 12:07 am
Even if you are the best, you still have to
Cheryl -- Tuesday, 5 February 2002, 1:40 am
I hate to tell you this...
Lynne -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 3:14 pm
a federal dosier for every American
Socrates_ -- Saturday, 2 February 2002, 3:51 pm