Thursday, October 11, 2007

Yessiree, we'll get right on this

See how well Harpie's new relationship with Washington is going over?
The U.S. government has angered Canada's airlines with a proposal to order them to hand over personal information about passengers who take flights that go south over U.S. airspace en route to sunny destinations.

Although the planes wouldn't take off from or land on American soil, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing that Canadian carriers send passenger manifests up to 72 hours in advance of departures to popular winter escapes such as Mexico and the Caribbean.

Under the U.S. Secure Flight program, there would be the same requirement to transmit data on northbound return flights from foreign holiday destinations.

The broader goal is to “prevent certain known or suspected terrorists from boarding aircraft where they may jeopardize the lives of passengers and others,” Homeland Security's Transportation Security Agency said in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The deadline to file comments on the proposal is Oct. 22, and the Air Transport Association of Canada is gearing up to voice its outrage on behalf of Canadian airlines.
What is it the TSA envisions happening here? They're going to prevent people in Canada from getting on flights if they deem the person to be a suspected terrorist? Since when does the TSA have extra-territorial reach like this? Or do they already have some kind of tacit agreement with our own Transport department?

I'm sure Harpie will chime right in, in support of the airlines, Canadians' privacy and Canada's sovereignty, with his own outrage, right?