Talk about using a hammer to kill a fly! The article says: Under the
plan, the government will take basic information of all potential
airline passengers -- name, date of birth, address and phone number --
as they book their ticket. And a terrorist wouldn't use a false
name, etc. or an airline that isn't American? Duh. This also means
that the government will take a heavy hand with the airlines. Is it
the responsibilty of the airlines to screen potential trouble? This
ranks with drug testing potential employees, identity cards and so on.
It seems to me that on-the-ground intelligence services are what is
required, more vigilence in world trouble spots, etc. - but that's not
a topic for a travelzine site.
Lucy in Toronto