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Differing Views Complicate Int'l Travel Security

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY

January 11, 2010

As the U.S. amends its air travel security policy in the wake of the failed Christmas Day terror attempt, it will likely find that differences in the ways other nations approach personal privacy issues will complicate security negotiations, the Washington Post reports. The article states that, while the U.S. has authority where a flight is headed there, in practice any changes to security will be influenced by the laws and social norms of the host country. Approaches to data collection and security screening depend on the relationship with the nation in question. "We have very little control in the United States over the way people apply standards overseas," said former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff. "It only works with the cooperation of foreign governments." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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