Lewis W. Diuguid

Privacy suffers for air travelers

Updated: 2013-10-22T23:57:40Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

The next time you’re in the security line at an airport and the officer winks or does something suggestive, it may be an indication that he or she knows more about you than your driver’s license or passport indicate.

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they get to airports. Government and private databases will be open to them. That could include employment and property registration records, The New York Times reports.

That deeper scrutiny had only applied to people entering the U.S. Domestic travelers now are getting the magnified treatment.

It shouldn’t be a surprise. If the government under the Obama administration would spy on allies like France and Mexico, what makes any of us think we’re exempt?

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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