Thursday, March 06, 2003

One Bill Scannell has organized a campaign to boycott Delta Airlines. Why, you may ask? Because Delta is the first airline to test the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System, or CAPPS II. What it does is background checks on all passengers at booking, assigning a risk level even more simpleminded than the silly fiver-color scheme cooked up by the Shrubbery's Department of Homeland Security. Get this: it checks criminal records, credit reports and banking histories.

Yes, you read that right. If you fail a credit check, no ride for you. [Naughty language follows, so hide your eyes if you get offended by that sort of thing. Given my scant readership, I'm probably safe.]

Are you fucking kidding me? A credit check to fly? They're going to threaten to deny boardiing to someone who may have had a bank error three years ago? And even with this put in, it can still be easily defeated by a determined terrorist cell?

Just fucking outrageous.

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