Airlines Support Changes to CAPPS II

Washington, July 31, 2003 - The Air Transport Association (ATA) applauds today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the steps it is taking to deal with privacy concerns related to its Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II).
“Following the approach to privacy issues detailed in the announcement, it is clear that we can both improve the security of our aviation system by better use of information technology and, at the same time, protect the personal privacy interests that we all hold dear,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May.
“Governor Ridge and Admiral Loy have made their commitment to these dual goals a top priority,” May continued. “And the airline industry is eager to work in supporting this critical program.”
The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. is the trade association for leading U.S. airlines. ATA members transport 95 percent of all passenger and cargo traffic in the United States.