Hip-hip Hurray for the U.S. of A.
This is exhausting. Early this month, news broke that the U.S. government is using yet another creepy system to infringe on our civil liberties: We’re being tracked.
If you’ve left the country since 9/11 (be it by bus, boat or Boeing), your trip was recorded in the government’s Automated Targeting System (ATS)—a program that scores how likely you are to be a terrorist.
According to Michael J. Sniffen’s article with the AP, “The scores are based on ATS' analysis of their travel records and other data, including items such as where [travelers] are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered.”
That’s right: “what kind of meal they ordered.” I wonder if requesting a kosher dinner makes me more or less likely to blow up a plane.
By the way, the data collected on you is kept on file for 40 years.