You and I were/weren't meant to fly....
October 12, 2007 11:48 AM Subscribe
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing new rules
regarding passenger pre-screening both domestically and internationally. Interestingly, this includes flights that overfly the continental US without ever touching the ground.Overflying the Continental United States. This proposed rule
defines ``overflying the continental United States' as departing from
an airport or location outside the United States, and transiting the
airspace of the continental United States en route to another airport
or location outside the United States...In this proposed rule, flights ``overflying the continental United
States' are a category of ``covered flights' for which TSA would
conduct passenger watch list matching in order to protect the airspace
over the continental United States and prevent individuals on a watch
list from taking control of an aircraft...From the proposed rule.
The rule does not cover flights that originate in one country, overfly the US, and land again in the originating country. For example, a flight between Toronto and Vancouver would be exempt.
Since Transport Canada has already implemented a no-fly list, ATAC
is questioning the purpose of this. Others
wonder about different effects on the travel habits of Canadians and Americans.