Today's smartphones and PDAs could have a new use in the nation's airports: helping passengers avoid long lines at security checkpoints. 

The TSA is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security lines. Information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports across the country.

"This technology will produce valuable data that can be used in a variety of ways," TSA spokeswoman Lauren Gaches said, noting it could help prevent checkpoint snarls.But civil-liberties experts worry that such a system enables the government to track people's whereabouts. "It's serious business when the government begins to get near people's personal-communication devices," said American Civil Liberties Union privacy expert Jay Stanley...

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Do you mind the American government using your cell phone to track how long you are stuck in security lines at airports?
Today's smartphones and PDAs could have a new use in the nation's airports: helping passengers avoid long lines at security checkpoints.

The TSA is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security lines. Information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports across the country.

"This technology will produce valuable data that can be used in a variety of ways," TSA spokeswoman Lauren Gaches said, noting it could help prevent checkpoint snarls.But civil-liberties experts worry that such a system enables the government to track people's whereabouts. "It's serious business when the government begins to get near people's personal-communication devices," said American Civil Liberties Union privacy expert Jay Stanley...

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12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/10/10 - 11:03:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it can track us in airport lines, it could track us anywhere.

I'd rather have my privacy than shorter security lines.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/12/10 - 7:16:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
All it takes is one government agent to decide to have fun and constantly watch your phone/pda.
11 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/11 - 11:59:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's my personal item.



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